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October 31, 2020

Former sheriff plea entered, sentencing in December
In March of 2018 the Chisago County Human Resources Director received a complaint that the county sheriff was engaged in harassing behavior and acting in bad faith with a sheriff’s department female staff member. The distraught staffer was receiving written instructions to attend an out of town conference and book a room with one bed in order to stay overnight with the sheriff. Subsequent written instructions received included the possibility of dire consequences to the employee’s family if she told anybody about the harassments or if she failed to follow through.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Can't wait to see their Thanksgiving turkey
Thank you to Don, for snapping a picture of this terrific Halloween project that his wife Bev Anderson was doggedly undertaking....at 1,500 pounds they could safely lay claim to this jack-o-lantern being the biggest in the area for sure.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Trick or treat in downtown Lindstrom
The costumes were creative and the mood was festive for the Chisago Lakes Chamber of Commerce downtown Lindstrom scavenger hunt, Friday before dark...this threesome had a great time horsing around.  Lots of families enjoyed the fresh air and participated in finding scavenger items for a Halloween Grab Bag prize. 
Friday, October 30, 2020

UV robots put to work in jail
If you read the law enforcement page in this paper it’s obvious  the  number of bookings weekly into the county jail are inching back up to normal.  The more turnover in the jail population, however, the greater the chance of covid virus spread.  Chisago County Sheriff Brandon Thyen is now looking to ensure a safer jail environment in doing what many other jails have opted to do, use technology to attack the virus.
Friday, October 30, 2020

North Branch Water & Light to do study on rates; chairman Smith takes on billing explanation
The North Branch Water and Light Commission agreed 4-1 last week to proceed on rate studies for water and electric.
Friday, October 30, 2020

Shafer City Council hears about back-flow program
Shafer City Council met October 20 for a regular meeting.  Mayor Paula Hanson and Assistant Mayor Nick Brehm were absent.  City Clerk Joan Ciesler ran the meeting.
Friday, October 30, 2020

Saying goodbye to a dear friend; a pandemic won't stop Halloween
This is the last paper prior to the election.  Normally this is the paper that I tell you to get out and cast your vote.  But from what I learn from everyone I have spoken to it seems like the majority have already cast their vote.  If you are a caveman like me, you will stand in line to vote the day of.  Honestly, this is the year I wish we had better choices.  Before you jump to conclusions on which way I vote, I will tell you my voting history is voting for the right person, not the right party.  I would love to tell you this year would be the same, but my choices are abysmal.  If I offended you, I apologize.  I seriously can’t wait for this crap to be over.
Friday, October 30, 2020

Homemade Halloween treats
Good morning, or afternoon! It’s about sweet treats today. Quite a different subject from what I’ve been writing about lately... veggies and fruits. I was nudged by a couple of our grandchildren about the fact that the cookie jar was getting empty. Chocolate chip cookies are always their favorite, but I decided to bake something different. Of course, they will taste them and I will see what their reaction is.  Often times, when I try something new, I cut the recipe in half, if that will work, to see what the result is. I will see if they approve.
Friday, October 30, 2020

North Branch schools affected by surge in COVID-19 cases
You may have noticed school-age kids out and about in North Branch early this week. There is a COVID-related shift in learning models underway,  and staff and administrators called off school Monday and Tuesday.
Thursday, October 29, 2020

County to purchase body-worn devices
The County Board last week approved purchase of bodyworn cameras for sheriff personnel.  The package is paid for over five years at a total of $108,485. Equipment is supplied through Axon.
Thursday, October 29, 2020

Burglary suspects arrested after air and ground pursuit Saturday
A number of local law enforcement agencies, K9 unit, state helicopter and the sheriff’s drone team were involved last weekend in finding male suspects alleged to have been burglarizing a structure on Forest Boulevard in Lent Township. 
Monday, October 26, 2020

Quick change in learning model announced by North Branch school leaders
Students in North Branch District 138 will not have school Monday and Tuesday, October 26 and 27.  There is a COVID-related shift in learning models underway,  and staff and administrators are using the first two days next week to put things together.  This includes physical re-arranging of classrooms for creating greater social distancing and other measures to help make any transitions seamless, the superintendent explained to school board members in a work session October 22. 
Friday, October 23, 2020

Hwy. 8 funding phase in bonding bill approved in fifth special session
The $8 million for future Highway 8 improvements authorized in the state bonding and jobs bill, and passed in special session, was good news for local officials working to keep the projects on-track.  House member Bob Dettmer voted in support of the bonding bill.  Rep. Anne Neu and Brian Johnson voted no.  The tally was 100 to 34.
Friday, October 23, 2020

An October Wonderland
These kids in Chisago City took advantage of an early snowfall on Tuesday afternoon.  In just a few short hours they constructed these snowmen and about six others.  The snowmen are located along Old Towne Road if you want to see them before they melt.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon hosts Franks & Steins
The Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group held an event in Moberg Park, Chisago City last weekend, in lieu of the traditional indoor gathering.  Even though winter was making itself known-- the fire pits were burning and the crowd dressed right to enjoy music and more to support the veterans in this area.  Mean Gene and the Woodticks were one of the performing bands.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Stacy City Council discusses odors, Stacy Sports Bar update, property clean-up
Stacy City Council met October 13 for a regular meeting. All members were present.  City resident Tim Sawatzky commented on the lack of an extra maintenance worker. Sawatzky asked if that worker was truly needed.  Mayor Mark Utecht told Sawatzky the job was posted and the reason for not filling was the lack of candidates, that is why the position opening has been extended.
Friday, October 23, 2020

North Branch misses out on spending CARES Act on Internet
Last week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature,  a bill was introduced to give North Branch a last ditch opportunity to fund Internet improvements.  It failed.
Friday, October 23, 2020

Lindstrom Council briefs...
Covid-19 expenditures of some $38,000 covered by Lindstrom city government were reimbursed with CARES Act monies last week.
Friday, October 23, 2020

C'mon snow? Really? We haven't had our Halloween events yet!!
As I sit here writing this, I am staring out the window at what appears to be about four inches of fresh snow. So many things go through my mind.  Did I pull the snowblower out from under the deck? Did I remember to winterize the boat? Did we put straw on top of our lift station on our septic?  In one fell swoop my answers were easy...”no” to all.  Not ready for winter, I still have lots of fishing to do.. at least I hope to anyways.  I have plenty of walks in the park to do before getting on the boring-as-all- get out treadmill.  This won’t stick around...right???
Friday, October 23, 2020

Fall tradition of pumpkin pie
We are in the season of pumpkins. Ask any American what to do with a pumpkin and you’ll most likely get one of two answers; make pumpkin pie or a jack-o-lantern. Now there are so many different ways of making use of the great pumpkin. From pies to muffins, cookies, pudding, fruit breads, cakes and more. We can harvest and cook the pumpkin or pick up several cans at the grocery store for baking or cooking.
Friday, October 23, 2020

4H Youth Support 'Viking Vittles'
Viking Vittles is a collaborative effort to address food insecurity in our community and is named for the North Branch School district mascot. Our club sponsored a food drive this past spring and we hope to increase our efforts through additional food drives or donor campaigns over the next several months. To support this effort, our club applied for and was awarded a grant through the 4H Helping Hands Food Award made possible by Compeer Financial.
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Virus case growth in county may have consequences
Readers might want to prepare for a very real possibility of the schools in Chisago County going to distance learning in the next several days. Hybrid models scheduling some days in the classroom building and some days on the Internet, would be a thing of the past if the spread of Covid-19 continues on its recent pace. 
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Fish Lake Township crash victim has died
The lone victim airlifted October 9 from a motorcycle crash scene on Anchor Avenue has died. The Chisago County sheriff’s office reports being advised by Hennepin Health that 44-year-old Daniel David Wagner, of Harris, passed away six days after being hospitalized. 
Monday, October 19, 2020

Special legislation for North Branch wireless internet effort fails
Monday this week in the fifth special session of the 2020 Minnesota Legislature, a bill was introduced to give North Branch a last ditch opportunity to fund internet improvements. It failed. 
Friday, October 16, 2020

$8 million for Highway 8 in just-passed bonding bill
The $8 million for future Highway 8 improvements authorized in the state bonding and jobs bill, passed in special session, was good news for local officials working to keep the projects on-track. House member Bob Dettmer voted in support of the bonding bill. Rep. Anne Neu and Brian Johnson voted no. The tally was 100 to 34.
Friday, October 16, 2020

Another segment of the Swedish Immigrant Trail opened!
The latest segment of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail opened and many gathered for celebration Saturday, Oct 10.  This portion was made possible through a grant from the Environmental Trust Fund.  The off roadway trail now connects seven miles from the trailhead at Taylors Falls City Hall, westerly to a little past the city of Shafer.  A section east of Center City is undeveloped but then the trail picks up again in downtown Center City and continues to Chisago City.  Future plans are to connect the SIRT to the Sunrise Prairie Trail, in Wyoming. A trail from Washington County is also planned to be continued north from Scandia to Lindstrom.
Friday, October 16, 2020

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