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March 26, 2019

Child Care Program audit released; Senator calls for investigative supervisor resignation
The recently-released audit investigating allegations of fraud in the state’s child care assistance program has local state Senator Mark Koran calling for the official who’s been running the program’s investigative arm to resign. 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Street overlays and Willow Grove agreement acted on at North Branch City Council
At the regular March 12 North Branch City Council meeting the application from Stacey Wynter for a permit to offer massage therapy, at a spa called Laughing Waters,  at 38880 Oakview,  was approved 3-0. Mayor Jim Swenson and Joel McPherson were absent. 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Stacy City Council discussed Stacy Grill, emergency radio mandate
Stacy City Council met March 12 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

CLHS BPA heads to state competition
22 students from Chisago Lakes participated in the annual Minnesota Business Professionals of America (BPA) State Leadership Conference in Minneapolis on March 7-9. During the school year, over 1,700 Minnesota BPA student members take part in the organization’s competitive events program, allowing them to compete in nearly 60 events focused in the areas of finance, business administration, management information systems, digital communication & design, and management, marketing & communication. The competitions are designed to prepare students to succeed and assesses real-world business skills and problem solving abilities. After qualifying earlier this year, regional winners put their talents to the test during the State Leadership Conference. Students receiving state recognition include:
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chisago Lake Township Houle re-elected
Holding annual elections in their new town hall, Chisago Lake Township on March 12 proved that every vote matters. Incumbent Town Supervisor Wayne Houle outpolled challenger Shannon Johnson by a slim two-vote margin, 49 to 47. Incumbent treasurer Judy Straub, running unopposed, garnered 92 votes with a total of 97 ballots cast.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lent Township residents get road paving update, OK levy
In the last few years the Lent Township levy has gone from $500,000-- to the citizen-approved levy set last week of $942,000 for next year.  Residents seemed alright with this pace of growth, at least those who were  at the township annual meeting did.  About one in 100 residents, or approximately 35 people, attended March 12.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

CLJSTC moves facilities plan forward
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission members Monday this week gave  engineering firm StanTec, the go-ahead to get plans done for bidding out systemwide improvements and upgrades.  The commission will see details at the April regular meeting, according to Ron LaFond, engineer.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Who in their right mind would drive into Mexico? One guess
So my family had a few days to spend together on my daughter’s final spring break as a high school student.  So of course with our President trying to muddy the waters at the border, where else would we decide to go? Mexico of course.  We have a place that we have been to multiple times where the only route to get there is to drive into Mexico from Arizona. 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

All about the good for us veggie
It's about broccoli today. If you are a vegetable gardener you probably grow broccoli in your garden and harvest it in summer or early fall. Well,I'm not a gardener anymore but I can buy fresh broccoli in the produce department all year.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Judge rejects Menne's petition for new trial
There will not be a new trial for Alexander Menne. 
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hearing for freeway shots-fired incident March 27
A 26-year-old Forest Lake man is due in court for an omnibus hearing March 27, after being arrested March 1 for allegedly shooting a nine millimeter handgun at an occupied truck, on I-35 near Wyoming.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

55 acre parkland gift not an obvious yes vote for North Branch City Council, review started in work session Tuesday
North Branch City Council met in work session format Tuesday night this week, with Kelly Neider absent, to look at a 55-acre park donation from all sides. The land is to the north side of Hwy 95, about a mile east of city hall, with Hemingway on its east edge. It is offered by the Harder-Schmidt  family in a package deal being facilitated by the Trust for Public Land.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Local charter school reassures parents
Members of the school board for the local charter school, Phoenix Academy, put on their game faces; wrestling with a meeting agenda last week they clearly would rather not to be dealing with. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Park donation on Sunrise River to be discussed by North Branch Council March 19
The North Branch City Council has received a request from the Schmidt Family and the Trust for Public Land for a letter of city official support to acquire 55 acres for a passive park. The parcel is east of Grand Ave. and north of Highway 95, and has 15 acres abutting the Sunrise River. 
Thursday, March 14, 2019

See conservation through a youthful and local lens
If she’d been born a musician, then Cadence Eischens would no doubt be writing songs for i-Tunes or YouTube spreading an activist message about conservation. But, she’s a photographer.  So she uses images, to show people just how key it is to support all things in the natural world.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

HHS director at her final County Board session
Health & Human Services Director Nancy Dahlin was on the County Board agenda last week for the final time in her 30-year career of working in public health and social welfare programming. Dahlin lives outside of Rush City,  on part of a farmstead that’s been in her family since 1902.  She  gave an emotional final monthly wrap-up.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Chisago Lakes to act March 21 on revising budget
The Chisago Lakes School Board plans to take a vote next week, March 21, on proposed budget reductions to implement for the 2019-2020 school year.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

North Branch Schools budget reduced by $2.3 mill
The public hearing for citizen feedback on proposed budget reduction measures for North Branch Area Public Schools last week attracted very few people. The 20 or so FCCLA Club student-members in the audience were the exception. They wore their red club logo shirts to demonstrate opposition to eliminating this program, and FACS (Family and Consumer Science)  due to the advisor being one of the 37 full-time equivalent staff positions to be eliminated.  

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Center City Council hears request from bars for docking expansion
Three bar-restaurant owners approached the Center City Council last week to see if the city would consider purchasing dockage, providing boaters space on North Center Lake, to tie-up within walking distance of the business district.  The city provides a small dock for tie-ups, which was donated by Jill Behnke and there’s also  a larger wood fishing pier on that end of the lake--not suitable for docking-- provided through a MN Department of Natural Resources pier grant program.  Boaters are also allowed to beach their craft on the shoreline.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Uggh more snow, Vikings trip to state was amazing, sub winners
Okay it's official - I am sick of the snow.  I have always been one that says I can take the snow but not the bitter cold temps.  My feelings are beginning to change.  It is one storm after another.  Now they say we are possibly going to have thunderstorms this week on top of all the snow? Someone is not happy with us.  Last week I wrote about bringing my ice auger for the May fishing opener, I have changed my thoughts about the opener. I may just fish off the ark or at the very least off the top of my house.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Veggie and bean chili goodness
It is the season of lent in the Christian church. At this time many people do not eat meat on Friday. When I was growing up Mom was very strict about observing this practice.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

80 year old mystery-fire deaths, topic of book
Few headlines on the Chisago County Press front pages from the 1930s ran all the way across the width of the paper, but this one did.  A mother and her seven children died in a house fire in April 1933 and the magnitude of this tragedy warranted the top of page one. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Split vote grants TIF development agreement amidst continued opposition
The Lindstrom City Council voted 3-2 last week;  approving the development agreement with Northland for its proposed 92 apartments, marina and restaurant complex, on Hwy. 8 at the east edge of South Lindstrom Lake.  Councilmembers Ann Marie Brink and David Waldoch were the no votes.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Blue signs program funding tapped, up to township fees now
The blue signs that carry parcel fire identification numbers, making it easier for  emergency responders to locate an address in the country,  have been installed using the last of outside funding that Chisago County accessed for this.  
Thursday, February 28, 2019

County Engineer: Department ready for winter to exit, preps for 2019
Chisago County has accepted its last delivery of road salt, and is at the max it can order tis season...so highway personnel are crossing their fingers that winter exits on a speedy note.  County  Engineer Joe Triplett said, “I think we’re sitting all right,” regarding the department responding to (hopefully not many) storms.  He added the lastmultiple bouts with snow left the plow operators needing a little break.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Emergency communications agreement re-worded, distributed as interim contract
There are still issues to be straightened out and avenues to be explored, but the county commissioners agreed February 20 on language for an interim emergency radio system subscription and use contract. 
Thursday, February 28, 2019

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