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September 25, 2021

Meredee's-Dinnerbel project gets city council extension
The developers for the old Meredee’s/Dinnerbel site on the west edge of Lindstrom got a year extension for commencing work. The project, an apartment-restaurant-marina, was given a thumbs up by city council in 2019 and has already had its 365 day window to move forward, extended, which expires this month. 
Friday, September 24, 2021


Mural is historic snapshot, literally
A mural artwork is gracing the wall of the Bitworks building in Taylors Falls, put there to recognize contributions of the local Rivard family. 
Friday, September 24, 2021

Water & Light hires firm to value electric division sale
Water and Light Commission members were unanimous in approving hiring Power System Engineering to consult on a potential sale of the North Branch electrical plant equipment and assets.  Talks continue with East Central Electric which has tentatively agreed to split the $70,000 estimated study cost.  Power System Engineering was the only proposal the utility commissioners considered
Friday, September 24, 2021

North Branch celebrates completion of Highway 61 & 95 project
North Branch city officials and the county celebrate last week with a ribbon cutting at the intersection at Highway 95 and County State Highway 30 reopens.  Concrete roadway was installed and multiple infrastructure improvements were done below ground,  in a project that was a collaboration of  the state, county and city.
Friday, September 24, 2021

North Branch Vets' Memorial not finding consensus on location
The proposed Veterans Memorial in North Branch’s Central Park got a cool reception from city council members last week, as an after-thought and something being shoe-horned into a spot. Council voted to table moving forward on the Central Park design and instead want a committee to be formed to research options.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Center City holds info meeting on manganese
Center City held an informational meeting September 16 to discuss manganese levels found in its water supply. City hall was full with around 30 residents present.  All council members were present as well as maintenance director Eric Garner and representatives from the Minnesota Department of Health Response Team.
Friday, September 24, 2021

County still tackling wording of commercial shooting range permits
County Commissioners took a look at a draft of a new ordinance regulating fiream shooting ranges last week and sent it back to legal staff and the planning commission for a re-write.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Third degree murder charge filed in connection with jail death
An area man has been charged with third degree murder in connection with a drug-related fatality earlier this year at the Chisago County Jail.  Authorities report John Hofer, Stacy, age 37, is facing one felony count of providing the methamphetamine that led to the death of Erik Nielsen, 51. 
Friday, September 24, 2021

Highway 8 median work in Forest Lake area until October 30
Highway 8 traffic will be reduced to a single lane in both directions between Interstate 35 and Highway 61 in Forest Lake at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22 as crews continue work on a median curb replacement project. The eastbound Highway 8 lane closure will be lifted on Fridays, from noon to 7 p.m. to accommodate the increased traffic levels in the area.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Stacy City Council holds levy to .2% hike
Stacy City Council met September 14 for a regular meeting.  All were present except for Tim Sawatzky.  The council began with discussion about language changes to the city’s business subsidy criteria policy.   City attorney James Monge recommended striking a few items that did not pertain to Stacy for instance one item only pertained to taconite cities in northern Minnesota.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Goodbye summer, wait, there is another celebration? Sign me up!
The city of Shafer couldn’t have asked for better weather to celebrate Shafer Days.  It was gorgeous all weekend long and the crowds were great.  I hope you had a chance to come out and have some fun.  Thank you so much to the Shafer Days committee and the city for all your hard work.  It doesn’t go unnoticed.  Ok bring on fall…just kidding.
Friday, September 24, 2021

Fall 101: Pumpkins and apples
OK, OK, OK, enough beating around the bush. The highlight of everyone’s fall is apple and pumpkin recipes, right?
Friday, September 24, 2021

'Bill's Wish' fundraising 5K coming up October 2
Bill Kowitz’s suicide 15 years ago could have left his sons with cold hearts and disdain for a world that failed their proud Marine father. It did not. If anything, the Kowitz boys, three of whom reside in Chisago County, made the choice to personally heal, and honor their dad, through helping others. There is an October 2 5K run event that family and friends hope will give the larger community the chance to be part of “Bill’s Wish.”
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Two deaths on local roads
The state patrol identified the victim in the crash on Highway 95, Tuesday September 14, that impacted traffic in Franconia Township, about 7:20 a.m.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Movement to create liveable communities for seniors heats up
There are eight aspects to creating a quality community.  These domains of livability as they are known, have been giving local leader something to think about, as area senior living activists have been trying to enlist officials in an assessment process of what their communities have to offer to aging residents.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Taylors Falls Council meeting emotionally charged
The very good news that the city of Taylors Falls has finally received a strong offer for the empty city lot on mainstreet— was overshadowed by a staff member’s near breakdown in chambers Monday night this week.  City Attorney Patrick Kelly was in the audience for the purpose of facilitating action on the lot purchase agreement, and had to verbally hush the Clerk Treasurer; who rose from her chair to comment on a workplace pay equity complaint and her allegations of discrimination.  Kelly interrupted, and reminded the clerk the state investigation is open and she must not make public statements until there’s a decision.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Redistricting listening session September 20
In order to make sure the people of Minnesota and citizens of Chisago County in particular, enjoy equal representation at all levels of government,  there is a process underway called redistricting.  It happens after every U.S. census have been released. Population headcounts are verified and precincts and districts are compared.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Shafer Days is our last summer celebration fling, come on out!
Shafer Days is upon us.  This is one of the very last summer celebrations that we have locally.  I just looked at the forecast and it looks to be spectacular this weekend.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Going to the cabbage patch this week
We’re going to do the Cabbage Patch this week in the recipe column. Is that a dance that I’m great at? Maybe. Ask anybody at Taco Daze in Scandia this past weekend and they’ll talk of my dancing prowess.
Friday, September 17, 2021

Fatal fall at St. Croix River
Chisago County, Taylors Falls, Lakes Region EMS and National Park Service emergency personnel went to an area of Interstate State Park, Saturday, Sept. 11 about 7:40 p.m. to aid a man who reportedly fell from the rocks.  The teams were unsuccessful in lifesaving efforts, and the victim was pronounced dead at St Croix Regional Medical Center.  The victim is identified as 39-year-old Nathan Darval of Hanover, MN.
Monday, September 13, 2021

Mobile home park relocation an example of working as should
September 2021 seemed to be a far-off distant deadline when residents of the Elms Estates first heard two years ago that their Lindstrom mobile home neighborhood was being put on the market.  By fall 2021 they’d have to be out of their homes. 
Friday, September 10, 2021

County Board backs levy hike on split vote
The county local levy for next year was set at a maximum increase of 5.75 percent last week on a split Board vote.  The budget committee had brought a recommended 7.33 percent levy increase to the meeting, but last minute arguments from Chair Chris DuBose, and Commissioners Dunne and Montzka prevailed.
Friday, September 10, 2021

CL's Lindahl turned into a butter sculpture
Princess Kay finalist Isabelle Lindahl, Chisago Lake Twsp. north, in the cooler at the State Fair with the traditional butter sculpture of herself, done by Gerry Kulzer Sept. 2. Parents Kevin and Tara Lindahl are in foreground. Thanks to Midwest Dairy for the photo.
Friday, September 10, 2021

St. Bridget of Sweden Church Block Party a blast
The St. Bridget of Sweden Church's annual block party was a huge success this year!
Friday, September 10, 2021

Are you ready for some football?
Labor Day is passed, so you know what that means... fall, football and apples!
Friday, September 10, 2021

9/11 - has it been 20 years already.... Johnny Cash playing in Chisago City
This Saturday at 6 pm. there is an anniversary event to honor the victims of 9/11.  Can you believe that it has been 20 years already?  Not saying it feels like yesterday, but definitely not 20 years.  When I watch a tv show looking at the footage of the events you can really tell it has been 20 years.
Friday, September 10, 2021


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