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January 22, 2022

Minnesota opening new North Branch COVID testing site as demand surges
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said the state will expand testing capacity by opening three new community sites and sending at-home test kits to schools.
Friday, January 7, 2022

Swenson Park upgrades celebrated
“Awesome ice” and “love the new boards!” These were a couple comments from skaters who circled the rink during the ribbon cutting last weekend,  Saturday Jan 15, at Wyoming’s Swenson Park.
Friday, January 21, 2022

Chisago City enacts new Comprehensive Plan; revises shoreland rules
The Chisago City Council approved two documents January 11 that will guide growth and development in the city for years to come.
Friday, January 21, 2022

Street overlays, major equipment purchases on council agenda
Acting Mayor Kelly Neider oversaw the North Branch City Council session January 11, as the Mayor participated remotely from Florida.  Kathy Blomquist and Amanda Darwin were in city hall council chambers with Neider.  (Council member Patrick Meacham was allowed to listen-in, but could not cast a vote due to non-compliance with remote attendance rules.)
Friday, January 21, 2022

Annual LID meeting February 7 at government center
Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District is holding its annual meeting both virtually and in-person in early February.  The on-line meeting will have a link posted on the Lake Improvement District website just prior to the meeting, which is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, February 7.  People attending will be asked to keep socially distanced, there is no mask mandate at this time. 
Friday, January 21, 2022

North Branch School Board discusses COVID response, sets 2022 calendar
The North Branch School Board heard from its district superintendent January 13 that she’d been impressed with how cohesively and cooperatively everybody responded to a trying week or so in the schools.  Supt. Sara Paul had been filling in that week as high school principal.  She added that the district had just experienced as many staff members out-sick, as it ever has in a similar time period.
Friday, January 21, 2022

Chisago City organizes for year, accepts petition for annexation
When Chisago City’s 2022 organizational meeting convened on Jan. 11, only Mayor Bob Gustafson and Councilwoman Marie Rivers were physically present. Councilmen Jeremy Dresel, Craig Meyer and Mark Anderson, took part via Zoom.
Friday, January 21, 2022

Shafer handles appointments, approves outdoor boat storage
Shafer City Council met January 4 for a regular meeting.  Council member Nick Brehm, public works supervisor Dan Cooper and city engineer Lucas Jones all were participating remotely.
Friday, January 21, 2022

Book sale at library, register now for Celebration of Lakes stuff
Did you happen to give to the Salvation Army over the Christmas season? We had  a red kettle at Brink’s Market in Chisago City.  While finding volunteers to man the station was a bit hectic, the end result was amazing to say the least.  When it was all said and done, you gave a staggering $19,261 this year.  Last year they collected $15,727.  Quite a change. Thank you for thinking of the less fortunate and for having such big hearts.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Hot dishes for cold temperatures
I’ve been focusing on comfort food in the month of January, and it doesn’t get more comfy than hot dish. They are the ultimate midwestern comfort food and have enjoyed a renaissance of late, gaining popularity and going mainstream across the nation instead of just the cozy confines of midwestern houses.
Friday, January 21, 2022

Minnesota Sheriff's Association scholarship recipient from Chisago
A resident from Chisago City is a recipient of one of 15 Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association $2000 scholarships. 
Friday, January 14, 2022

Veterans Memorial round table meeting
The City & Veterans Memorial Committee are hosting a community roundtable discussion on January 18, 2022, at 6:30 pm regarding the expansion of the Veterans Memorial in Central Park.  The North Branch Beautification Association’s Veterans Memorial Committee, a local 501 (c) 3 organization, is proposing to expand and revitalize the existing Veterans Memorial that is located in the southeast corner of Central Park. The expansion costs would be funded 100 percent by the Beautification Veterans Memorial Committee’s ongoing efforts to raise donations from various community members, business and organizations in support of this site.  The Veterans Committee, consisting of members from our North Branch American Legion, VFW, School District, and Beautification Association, will design and fundraise for an impactful site memorializing those who served our country.  The new Veterans Memorial would honor veterans from all five branches of the military and would occupy an area of approximately 60 feet by 60 feet (under four percent of the park’s total area) and is proposed to be placed at the southern portion of the park possibly between the gazebo and Main Street.  The Committee’s proposal is not intended to change the use of any structures such as the gazebo, playground or basketball court.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Chisago Lakes Spelling Bee champion crowned
The Chisago Lakes School District in conjunction with Chisago Lakes Community Ed held the annual spelling bee January 6.  Twenty students ranging from sixth grade to eighth grade participated in the bee.  The bee lasted 20 rounds with Elliot Aadland taking first place.  Jaimey Jessen-Olson took second and Peter Lutz third.  The students will participate in the state spelling bee in February in Sartell, Minnesota. Pictured L to R: Elliot Aadland, Jaimey Jessen-Olson, Peter Lutz. Also pictured in the back row is Lindstrom Mayor, pronouncer Kevin Stenson, judge Matt Silver and judge Jeff Norton.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Accused of third degree murder; Hofer acquitted
A jury of 12 persons was unconvinced last Thursday  that John Hofer, 37, is a murderer.  They acquitted him on charges of third degree murder in connection with the overdose death of a 51-year-old male,  who perished while in the custody of Chisago County last July. 
Friday, January 14, 2022

New Supt. of St. Croix Riverway named
National Park Service (NPS) Regional Director Bert Frost announced the selection of Craig Hansen as superintendent of Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, spanning over 200 miles of forested landscape along the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota. He currently serves as superintendent at Grand Portage National Monument. He will assume his new role in February.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Water and Light utility commissioners hike pay; talks with ECE need time
The electric asset valuation initited last fall by the North Branch Water & Light  Commission as part of the process of selling electric assets, is somewhat delayed.
Friday, January 14, 2022

New COVID testing center open in North Branch
The former Nike Outlet building, located at 38500 Tanger Drive, will be open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for those wishing to be tested for the Covid virus. While walk-ins will be accepted, it is strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment.  Both the rapid, nasal and saliva tests will be available.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Water billings in Center City getting corrected; meters with no readings to be replaced in coming weeks
The public works department in Center City got the okay last week to start replacing questionable water metering equipment.  Public Works Supervisor Eric Garner has chipped away at a few addresses whose meters are registering oddly, mostly installed at the same time years ago in the Dew Drop townhomes neighborhood.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Taylors Falls Council tackles light 2022 organizational meeting agenda
The Taylors Falls City Council did its annual organizing for 2022 Monday this week, and committee assignments and officers remain the same. 
Friday, January 14, 2022

Second part of 'The New Land' Sunday, sign up for COL events
This Sunday the second showing of “The New Land” will take place at the Performing Arts Center a the high school.  The New Land is a 1971 movie, where in 1850, Karl Oskar Nilsson, his wife Kristina, and their three children, along with Karl’s brother Robert and Robert's friend Arvid, have just arrived in what is now known as the Chisago Lakes area after enduring an arduous trip from Sweden.
Friday, January 14, 2022

The long cook can be so worth it
I try to be fairly practical in this column space. I understand most people don’t have a ton of time to take on an onerous recipe. We all have something busy going on in our lives, and if you’re anything like my dad and many retirees I know, you’ve found yourself even busier in retirement than you did when you were working 40 hours a week.
Friday, January 14, 2022

Greene is County Board chair; 3-2 vote for vice chair
The 2022 Chair of the Chisago County Board is Rick Greene, who was unanimously supported by commissioners.  Greene expressed his wish that the county will soon be able to put covid concerns behind and he wants to see broadband access and service issues resolved.
Friday, January 7, 2022

Watershed District will not be acquiring Willow Point
The Comfort Lake Forest Lake Watershed District Board has voted unanimously to drop all considerations leading to acquisition of the parcel known as Willow Point on Forest Lake. 
Friday, January 7, 2022

Local fishermen enjoy success at the next level
We caught up with local angler Kyle Minke who recently competed in a national fishing tournament on  Table Rock Lake in Arkansas.  He and his partner finished seventh out of 350 boats. Kyle and his wife Jenna are Lindstrom residents.  Kyle owns a local plumbing company in Lindstrom.
Friday, January 7, 2022

Lindstrom Council gets ready for 2022 business
The 2022 annual organizational city council meeting for Lindstrom was held Monday night this week.
Friday, January 7, 2022

Holidays are over, so let's go low and slow
I hope New Year’s Eve was festive and safe for all, and I hope everyone enjoyed any extended time-off they got over the holidays.
Friday, January 7, 2022

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