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July 3, 2022

Utility tagging, taking inventory of assets
Water & Light commissioners met in regular session June 15 and heard that the potential buyer of the “Light” portion of the municipal utility—East Central Energy— will have contractors out and about tagging inventory such as transformers,  and updating GPS data and labeling meters.  So if North Branch Water & Light customers notice people wandering,  they are likely part of “STAR” which is performing the legwork for ECE.
Friday, July 1, 2022

Highway 95 crash ties up road for hours; children injured
A van full of passengers, an SUV carrying an infant, and a passenger car were all involved in a crash scene on Highway 95, Thursday night June 30, west of North Branch in Isanti County.
Friday, July 1, 2022

Wyoming City Council keeps Swenson Park improvements moving along
A new play apparatus is approved for installation in Wyoming’s Swenson Park. The city council voted unanimously to order the “ropes adventure” piece from Minnesota Wisconsin Playground and GameTime, for $31,988 additionally with a quote of $12,000 for installation.
Friday, July 1, 2022

Ambassadors get in the Karl Oskar Days spirit!
The Karl Oskar House, a cultural site at Ki Chi Saga County Park, was the stage  used by traditional musicians performing last weekend. The free public event was highlighted by K.O. Days ambassador guests and performers who dressed in folk costumes.  Karl Oskar House is open for visits and upcoming events carries notices of special programs. Pictured above are: Marilyn Wahlstrom, Sven Sjostedt, Clare Colberg, Alayna Peltola, Chris and Karl.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Primary absentee voting open
Absentee voting for the August 9, 2022 Primary Election began June 24, and runs through August 8, 2022.
Friday, July 1, 2022

Let's Go Fishing season is officially open
The Let’s Go Fishing organization has grown to 17 chapters and in this region, the East Central Chapter has pontoon boats offering excursions for special people on Rush and Chisago Lakes.
Friday, July 1, 2022

Sweets and meats on 4th of July
The Fourth of July is always a time to celebrate. It’s America’s Independence Day, and it’s always a fun time!
Lake days, beaches, parades, friends, family and good food and drinks are a staple of the holiday.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Music on the water on July 1
Can you belive we are so close to Karl Oskar Days already?  It is still days away, but if you take a gander at this Press you will be able to plan out your KOD weekend and not miss a single thing.  We will have more next week and in the Search so stay tuned.  Oh and don’t try to follow me looking for the hidden snuff box, I am not the one who hides it.
Friday, July 1, 2022

Midsummer Days beats the heat!
­North Branch Midsummer Days had something for everyone including the ever popular water fight on Elm Street.
Friday, June 24, 2022

Girl Scouts a part of the solution!
Girl Scouts USA is getting behind a tree planting and protecting promise...to be part of boosting habitat and cleansing the atmosphere with 5 million trees by 2026.  On June 6 there were 10 trees put in the ground in Chisago City and Lindstrom through the dedicated work of local Mid Du Lac area scouts. Four maples went in at Lakeside School and six trees are now at Chisago Lake Township Hall.  Trees were donated by Dick Brennan of Chisago City. The Scouts also send a big thank you to Dennis Peterson for his time and equipment and to Branch Landscaping.  The girls look forward to seeing the trees grow big and strong.  Girl Scouts take an oath to use resources wisely and make the world a better place and they fulfill that in deed and word.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Stacy Council sees city audit and township net position to compare
Stacy City Council met June 14 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
Friday, June 24, 2022

Broadband details requested by County Board
Chisago County is moving forward on developing a set of numbers and cost estimates on an individual  township and city basis; to get better projections on construction and other details necessary for applying for broadband assistance.  The pre-engineering work will be funded using American Recovery Act Program funds, the County Board recently agreed.
Friday, June 24, 2022

County Board grants cider business request, denies Upland Road business
The County Board approved one land use application for the Pleasant Valley Orchard to amend its Conditional Use Permit allowing for making, tasting and marketing of cider, but denied a permit for a new winery on the edge of downtown Taylors Falls.
Friday, June 24, 2022

Site of old jail getting a clean-up
In May 2018 Chisago County moved inmates out of the old jail site on the edge of “commissioners’ alley” and into the new county jail, on the east side of Center City. 
Friday, June 24, 2022

North Branch Council and Utility Commission meet, again
There was a special session of the Water & Light Commission and the North Branch City Council last week to look over the final version of an “asset purchase agreement”  selling the municipal electric utility. 
Friday, June 24, 2022

Gallon of gas is how much? Yikes!
I hope everyone had a great Fathers Day on Sunday.  Hopefully you celebrated it on Saturday like we did before the white-hot heat wave hit us.  We had our immediate family up and spent the day on the water and had a wonderful time.  Happy belated Fathers Day to all our dad readers.  My dad would have been 78-years-old.  I know we all age, but when you lose a parent, at least for me, I picture them at the age when they passed away.  In an odd way, I kind of enjoy thinking of John and Eileen at the age I last saw them.  Even if it is getting to be the same age as me. 
Friday, June 24, 2022

It's grad party season!
A ton of seniors graduated recently from Chisago Lakes and North Branch high schools, and it’s now full swing into the parties that celebrate these grads.
Friday, June 24, 2022

Lindstrom Council gets update on project costs; city code enforcement moves forward
There was no June city planning commission meeting so the Lindstrom City Council had no land use or permits on the agenda last week.  It was a short-handed meeting minus Council member Bill Schlumbohm.
Friday, June 24, 2022

Local 4Hers have a great show!
Elle Penzenstadler (Chisago) Austin Buehring (Harris) and Zoey Buehring (Harris) had a great weekend exhibiting their cattle at the Minnesota State Holstein Show which was held in Perham, MN June 16-18.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Driver in 2019 fatal crash sentenced
A 29-year old man has been sentenced to 90 days as the result of a plea agreement,  on felony charges of criminal vehicular homicide operating a vehicle in a grossly negligent manner. 
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

North Branch puts Robert Canada into vacant council seat
The vacancy created by the resignation of North Branch City Council member Amanda Darwin is filled now by Robert Canada. The council voted 4-0 June 14 to seat Canada. His appointment runs to the end of December 2022. The November election ballot will carry candidates’ names who are vying for the next full council term.
Monday, June 20, 2022

Still hoping for a special session
Three lobbyists working on behalf of Chisago County in the just completed legislative session told the county commissioners, that if there is a special session convened and state politicians adopt a number of measures that are close to the finish line, Minnesota counties stand to see a very good outcome. 
Friday, June 17, 2022

Second generation Legion member leads MidSummer parade
This year the North Branch American Legion Post is upping its high school scholarships to five, for $2,500 a piece.  The Post is only able to do this, and many other charitable good deeds, through strong community support; so here’s hoping for big turnout and fine weather during this week’s MidSummer Days.  The live music, carnival, purse bingo and kiddie events are back just like before covid-19. 
Friday, June 17, 2022

Stacy-Lent merger agreement nearing finalization
Stacy and Lent elected officials got closer to a final orderly annexation agreement holding a meeting Monday this week for about one hour.  The draft of the agreement on the pending merger, being created by the township and the city, was reviewed again, in the context of a special report from audit firm Oberloh and Oberloh. 
Friday, June 17, 2022

Taylors Falls accepts good audit
Taylors Falls can’t catch a break it seems. With the clerk/treasurer out on an indefinite administrative leave,  a couple of temporary staff have been located to perform the most basic tasks for the city one or two days per week, but meantime, the fire department’s state funding is in jeopardy because the deadline to submit a form was missed, the city’s Internet-based phones crashed, the city had two valves “explode” and a watermain broke...and the quotes sought for seasonal street repairs didn’t come in as hoped.
Friday, June 17, 2022

Is it summer festival time already?
This week (if you can believe it) begins the summer festival season.  Beginning today through Sunday the North Branch American Legion is sponsoring Midsummer Days.  The celebration is filled with awesome events like a family carnival, a meat raffle, Bingo under the tent and much more.  Friday there will be live music by Two Shots Down which will also feature a food stand for attendees.  Thursday. some of the bingos will have jackpots of $500.  Saturday, your kids are invited to take part in the kiddie olympics. Kids ages pre-school through 12 years of age can compete in all kinds of fun events. The event is at Riverwalk Park this year which is north of town on Highway 61.  register at 8:30 and events start at 9am sharp.  There is a kiddie parade that starts at noon at the municipal building and registration is at 11:30.  The theme this year is red white and blue.  All entrants will receive a prize.
Friday, June 17, 2022

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