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August 5, 2020

Lindstrom peninsula building site to linger longer
Lindstrom City Planner Beth Richmond informed council last week the redevelopment site on the west end of the city is going to remain untouched at least until 2021.  She added, the developers “are switching strategies.” 
Friday, July 24, 2020


Covid-19 not getting in way of Girl Scouts' pursuit of Silver Award, en route to Gold
In the era of Covid-19 when even the Minnesota state fair waved the white flag, two Girl Scouts found a way to forge ahead on their summer battle plan for earning a Silver Award.
Friday, July 31, 2020

New W&L Commission meets for first time
The new five-member North Branch Water & Light Commission met last week for the first time.  Chris Bibeau’s seat was the only carryover term retained from the discarded three-person group.  He is joined by appointees Thomas Hals, Nathan Keech, Mic Dahlberg and Terry Smith.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Taxes back on track, penalty grace period done
If you held-off on paying your property tax when county commissioners gave you some extra time, extending the non-payment penalty deadline in light of Covid-19, you were part of a small crowd. 
Friday, July 31, 2020

Half-year finances look fine for North Branch
Despite concern about  shortfalls in property taxes due to covid-19 in turn affecting local government budgets, and state aid being cut due to reduced revenues passing through the state;  North Branch Financial Director Joseph Starks said at last week’s city council work session, the city is “on track” in his the mid-year fiscal snapshot.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Flor revocation delayed; waiting on County vote
The City of North Branch granted local waste hauler Terry Flor until the end of June to have his business base, on north Harder Ave. cleared of disallowed recyclable materials that were in violation of conditions of his permit.  He has unauthorized materials like mattresses,  appliances, mechanical equipment, metal containers and other items still on site.
Friday, July 31, 2020

ArtReach's 10th annual member's show can be viewed in a socially distanced gallery or online
The 10th Annual Members Show at ArtReach St. Croix opened on Thursday, July 9 with a mostly outdoor reception. This year’s exhibition features work by 39 member artists and represents many different kinds of art most was created by artists who live or work in the St. Croix Valley.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Where did the summer go? Shop, eat locally, that truck has suds on it
One would expect with the whole pandemic and most people staying close to home that our summers would be dragging on with nothing to do. I will admit - that is a huge fantasy of mine, to have nothing to do and actually be bored.  I had visions of fishing every day, fixing stuff around the house and just sitting on the porch staring at nothing in particular. 
Friday, July 31, 2020

Different ways to prepare green beans
Have you been enjoying fresh green beans as much as I have? Whether or not they come from your garden, roadside stand or the farmer’s market, there is nothing quite like the flavor of this green veggie... except for tomatoes, corn, etc. Here I go, liking every veggie that grows in the garden. Lucky me!
Friday, July 31, 2020

Karl and Kristina on the go
You may have noticed that the statue of immigrants in Lindstrom, who are foundational characters for a set of beloved Swedish novels, is missing...but not due to any political controversy.  The landmark on mainstreet, the ever-stoic Karl Oskar and Kristina,  pictured above southbound on I-35, were transported July 15 to the cities for some upkeep.  A coating on the figures, which were renovated a couple years ago, wasn’t holding up.  No word yet on when they should return.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Virus numbers' steady increase locally a concern
Chisago County Health and Human Services Director Robert Benson reported to the County Board last week that the coronavirus case numbers were going up  about one-per-day locally and yet the lone virus-related death has held steady for weeks in Chisago County.   
Friday, July 24, 2020

Elms Estates residents get another year to clear out; public meeting set for Aug. 4
Residents of Lindstrom's Elms Estates met Wednesday July 15 for an update about their pending relocation.  Owner Rosita Meehan had planned to vacate the property two years ago with the hopes of selling the property.  Residents were given a two year notice to either move their park models or vacate.  Currently there are 15 homes remaining. Because of various circumstances the evacuation date has been extended and a meeting was called by the city to inform residents about potential financial help available.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Stacy city leaders hear a glowing audit presentation
Stacy City Council met July 14 for a regular meeting.
Friday, July 24, 2020

County Board spends time on land use permits, plats
A number of small sized subdivisions got their  approvals last week from the County Board. The County Commissioners also scheduled a special meeting for yesterday, July 22 to discuss COVID-19 CARES Act funds distribution and early budget numbers for next year.  The Board was to meet at 9.a.m.
Friday, July 24, 2020

Church secretary role can be integrated in both spiritual, physical health worlds
Members of First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom-- never fear, your secrets are safe with Carol Schmidt.  Retirement looms right around the corner for the church secretary, the church is interviewing possible successors this week.  Still, in doing an interview for this newspaper she was all about discretion. 
Friday, July 24, 2020

Virus numbers good and bad, we have hope of a summer celebration
There is something else happening with the virus in Minnesota and I assume nationally. The fact that numbers seem to increase of positive tests (due to more testing), the number of deaths is plummeting.  We have had it beaten into our way of thinking that deaths lag positive tests. Well the number of deaths has remained very low for a long duration now and the number of positive cases has increased.  Whatever the medical profession in Minnesota has stumbled across to minimize deaths is, it’s working. Working well.  I have a good friend who works down at the coronavirus headquarters (Bethesda) and they tell me the numbers in the ICU have never been lower with virus patients.  They also told me the doctors and nurses are trying many different therapies including lying patients on their bellies and they are having great success.  More good news!
Friday, July 24, 2020

Unusual summer salads
It’s the season of lots of fresh fruits and veggies. For that matter, some are always in season. I’m not big about having tomato, lettuce, cucumber and a bit of shredded cheese sprinkled over the top. IN the winter, I like to make Waldorf salad, a variety of coleslaws, cottage cheese with a variety of fruit, or carrot and raisin, etc. but not just a plain old TLC salad (I previously mentioned). I have looked in a lot of my cookbooks to find something a bit unusual and this is what I came up with.
Friday, July 24, 2020

CL Schools to retain Resource Officers
A revised agreement has been worked out to keep the School Resource Officers in Chisago Lakes schools at a new, reduced cost to the school.   Talks have also settled on refunding a month of the 10-months’ fees the district had paid to Lakes Area Police for 2019-2020 year. When COVID-19 cut the school year short in March, the SRO duties were non-existent. 
Friday, July 24, 2020

CARES Act millions: distribution to local needs starts to take shape
The county commissioners got a good start July 22 in a daytime work session laying plans to distribute $6.7 million the county received as covid-19 related financial aid, appropriated through the CARES Act.  (Story Press July 2.)
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Snowmobilers working with North Branch to replace part of Sno Drifters trail
Developments and sales of large tracts of land are beginning to put some pressure on the Chisago County snowmobile trail system. A good portion of the off-road sledding mileage is only in the system courtesy of easements worked out with owners-- and a growing number are selling off or subdividing.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hearing on proposed impervious standards sought in Wyoming City on Internet July 28
The City of Wyoming and the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District are communicating on rewording city ordinances for specific impervious surface rules.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

It's primary time soon, absentee ballots need to be in by August 10
Absentee early voting for primary elections got started at the government center in Center City, June 26, and ends August 10.  You can submit the primary absentee ballot (which you needed to apply for on-line) at the government center or make sure your primary ballot is postmarked by August 11 to be included in counting.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

152 cars turn out for Ole's Crossroads' car show!
There’s a program through the state auditor’s office that North Branch recently opt into.  Cities can enlist as participants in Performance Measurements, a program that requires annual reports on a minimum of 10 areas of municipal functions.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Performance, Green Step participation moves forward in North Branch
There’s a program through the state auditor’s office that North Branch recently opt into.  Cities can enlist as participants in Performance Measurements, a program that requires annual reports on a minimum of 10 areas of municipal functions.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Taylors Falls Council annexes land, grant apps approved
The gang was all back together again Monday night, as Taylors Falls City Council convened an open door meeting.  The council and attendees were masked in accordance with the city’s public health official Dr. Bill Young’s advice and chamber chairs were far apart.
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Karl Oskar Days Ambassadors
The weather was perfect for a coronation at Lions Park.  Not in order: Ambassador candidates were: Allison Lavalle, Amanda Barsness, Ann Nelson, Ayda Goehring, Chloe Zupko, Haley Sogard, Jessica Pangburn, Lauren Schanus, Maggie Wille, Sara Penzenstadler.  Last year’s Ambassodors Abby Pratt, Olivia Koesters and Keegan Miller joined in both photos.


Thursday, July 16, 2020


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