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July 11, 2020

K.O. Days Ambassador program marred by free speech dispute; advisor let go, four ambassador candidates out
Lindstrom City Council members David Waldoch and Katie Roche called  a special meeting of the city council Tuesday afternoon this week, under rules that grant the mayor or two members the authority to convene a session.
Friday, July 10, 2020

BPA national recognition earned by Chisago Lakes
Chisago Lakes High School Business Professionals of America club received national recognition this year during virtual online ceremony. The 2020 BPA National Leadership Conference scheduled to be held in Washington, DC was cancelled.  Some events were still able to be recognized with an online ceremony.   Mady Eng and Ruby Norlander received the BPA highest citizenship recognition award, the National Ambassador Torch Award.  Mady and Ruby are four year members of Chisago Lakes High School BPA.  Both have competed in many BPA activities, Regional, State and National (Ruby)competitions and held officer positions. They helped the club organize many community events.  They earned over 70 points in seven different areas.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Development at old Lakeside School site draws public input
The Chisago City Council will see a recommendation at its meeting July 28 to enact a rezoning for the old Lakeside Elementary School property and to accept a preliminary plat for its development.  The Chisago City Planning Commission reviewed both applications last week and supported the rezone for townhome use and supporting a docking arrangement on Little Green Lake.
Friday, July 10, 2020

No 2020 Farm Family of year
Like many other traditions that have gone by-the-wayside this year in deference to containing the virus;  a Farm Family of the Year is not being awarded through U of M Extension/Chisago County.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Monarch, pollinator booster program gets grant
An environmental education non-profit based in North Branch has won a grant that will help fund native pollinator-friendly habitat plantings in the city.  Use of the money includes native habitat enhancement at the library, the commissioning of a Monarch butterfly artwork (see photo) and the final phase will supply teaching materials for area public and home-schooled students.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Lindstrom Motors gets a surprise visitor
Never a dull moment along Highway 8.  Tuesday afternoon; the driver of a white Dodge pickup pressed the wrong pedal and drove through the wall of Lindstrom Motors.  A mechanic was under the lift seen above and luckily escaped with minor injuries. The same can’t be said for the truck.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Karl Oskar Days is taking place, just a little different from normal
To the folks who live on the south side of Chisago Lake - thank you.  Thank you for the free fireworks show when all of the community ones were cancelled.  We do not live on the lake but close enough to enjoy the thousands of fireworks on Saturday evening.  There were some really incredible ones, like ones you would see in a big time show, that lit up the sky.  After the day we had earlier, a relaxing night sipping a beer watching the fireworks from our deck was just the ticket.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Little blue orbs of goodness!
It’s blueberries and raspberries for a couple of weeks. Today it’s blueberries
Friday, July 10, 2020

Charges filed for shooting incident in Wyoming, June 28
If you noticed the SWAT team and lots of activity in Stacy Sunday afternoon, June 28,  the action was supporting an arrest in connection to a shooting in Wyoming the day before.
Friday, July 10, 2020

Former Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan's case extended
A former Chisago County sheriff who left office in 2018 and was soon after charged with felony  stalking and  harrassment of a female sheriff’s department employee and gross misdemeanor misconduct, has had his trial date extended, again.
Friday, July 10, 2020

COVID-19 plan adopted for city sites and negotiation continues on land sale
Stacy City Council met June 23 for a special meeting. The meeting was held by teleconference due to the COVID restrictions.  All members were present.  The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a COVID-19 preparedness plan and to take care of a few items such as permitting outdoor customer service areas and a potential utility rate increase.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

KOD Ambassadors give back despite lack of celebrations
The Karl Oskar Days celebration in Lindstrom may be taking on a novel form this year, but the Lady Ambassadors are continuing the tradition of good works.  Friday, June 26 the current Ambassadors and candidates hosted a clothing drive, that was obvious in its success.  The young ladies pictured; were able to donate one truck and a large trailer load of shoes, clothes, and belts to the Salvation Army Distribution Center, Minneapolis.  The donations, when consolidated,  filled 10 large pallet-sized boxes, according to Coordinator for KO Days Pauline Hinsch.  This community’s generous donations will help many families...and the future leaders were able to receive a unique experience in humanitarianism.  Kark Oskar Days Ambassadors appreciate all this strong backing from the community.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Federal aid funds heading to locals
Local government officials are going to see relief for their growing budget anxiety arising from unexpected expenses addressing the covid-19 situation.  The distribution method for local governments was announced by the state June 25, and Chisago County is slated for in excess of $6 million.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Chisago City shortens Ki Chi Saga Days celebration
Despite the limitations imposed by Covid 19, Chisago City hopes to offer a scaled down version of its annual Ki-Chi-Saga Days celebration. Barring unforeseen obstacles, a celebration will take place Aug. 22 and 23.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

Blessing of the Pets, from afar
Sunday, June 14, First Presbyterian Church in St. Croix Falls held a “drive-thru Pet Blessing.”  Not to be left out, Police Officer Patrick drove over in the new squad car created to have K-9 Ikar blessed.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

North Branch mayor berates council member request for workplace investigation, new W&L appointed
Nearly all of the North Branch city council session June 23 had one central issue, the Water and Light utility.
Thursday, July 2, 2020

There is a new bridge in TF? I have a reason to give blood
We have had a few calls here at the Press lately about stories on our website.  We have had calls about Okjiketa Regional Park and the Lindstrom Loppet.  Callers reference an article talking about Ojiketa being open for booking.  Others referenced sign-ups for the Lindstrom Loppet to be held at the Lakes Free Church. 
Thursday, July 2, 2020

One of my 'favorites'
It’s about asparagus today. I am going to share some hints with you about this green spring (and early summer) veggie that is one of my favorites. I say that alot when it comes to veggies or fruits. I like all of them, except okra, which is not too prevalanet in our neck of the woods. Let’s get to some hints about asparagus.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Central Park concerts are happening in North Branch June 30-July 21
The North Branch Concerts in the Park are happening this year.  Concerts will not be accompanied by the children’s book readings though.  Music starts at 7 p.m.  Bring chairs or blankets and find a nice spot in Central Park several feet from others for social distancing.  Please be respectful and stay home if you are feeling ill.  Masks are not mandatory but highly encouraged.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fundraiser event for Relay for Life
Relay for Life Chisago County offered a public shredding fundraiser event, and is finalizing plans for an annual relay event set to happen virtually August 1. Check in at www.relayforlife.org/chisagomn or watch this paper for later details.  The Shred Right company partnered with the county organization to destroy documents brought to the shredding truck  in the North Branch County Market parking lot, Saturday June 20.  The event netted a little over $500 in proceeds.  Volunteers with Relay for Life pictured left; Martha Arnold, Jeska Noordergraaf, Jim McCarthy and Jill Behnke, and a Shred Right representative to the right in photo.  Shred Right works with non-profits providing  mobile equipment  shredding everything from fabric to hard drives.  Saturday, a $10 donation covered two paper grocery-bag sized collections of documents destroyed.  The person bringing the papers can watch as the papers go into the shredder.  The company is dedicated to lessening incidents of identity theft through unauthorized access to personal information.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Water & Light audit finds nothing to substantiate OT and on-call excesses
The 2019 audit for North Branch Water and Light was delivered last week to utility commissioners, with Chris Bibeau absent.  There were no fiscal red flags, according to the audit presenter Dennis Oberloh, Redwood Falls.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

'Community corrections' fails on 2-3 board vote
On a split vote last week, the county commissioners  derailed a proposal to shift all probation services to a “community correction” model, and move away from the state’s  services.  For at least two more years the Dept. of Corrections unit on mainstreet Center City will continue in its role. 
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Local chefs and Rotary feed needy
The Chisago Lakes Rotary is using a grant and $500 of its own locally generated funds to get prepared meals to area vulnerable adults.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Shafer Council to finalize water tower in July; dangerous dog ordinance, outdoor entertainment rules reviewed
Shafer City Council met June 16 for a regular meeting.  All members were present as well as four residents.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

County Board hears update on infrastructure progress, Olinda Trail; 43-year public works staffer to retire
Chisago County Engineer Joe Triplett gave the County Board an update on a number of road projects last week, speaking by phone in the still-somewhat restricted meeting format.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Lindstrom City Council briefs...
The full Lindstrom City Council met June 18, seated in chambers several feet apart.  The Lindstrom City Hall entryway is open for the public to do business, but the interior area is still off limits.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

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