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November 25, 2020

CJ's Bar and Grill ravaged by early morning blaze
Shortly after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, a call came in reporting a fire at CJ's Bar and Grill in Palmdale.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020


New Christmas displays at CCHS
It’s beginning to look a lot like “Christmas Around the World” at the History Center in downtown Lindstrom! Volunteers and staff have been busy transforming exhibit space and adjoining areas into an international wonderland. 
Monday, November 23, 2020

Lighting Festival won't look quite the same, but tradition of Royal Lady overcomes COVID
Thanks to the coronavirus, next week’s Taylors Falls Lighting Festival will have a different look from what we’ve come to expect over the last 30 years-- but organizers are betting there’s still quite a lot to cherish in the holiday decorations illuminating a river valley winter night, and in the community coming together for the parade.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Business relief extends to liquor license fee reduction; Green Lake dockage appeal due
 On-sale alchohol sellers in Chisago City got an early Christmas gift from the city council last week. The annual license fee for on-sale alcohol was reduced by 50 percent, due to economic hardship attributed to covid-19 precautions. The city will lose some $7,800 in not collecting half what it normally does from bars and restaurants; but council supported cutting the fee due in January for 2021. 
Saturday, November 21, 2020

After end of trimester all North Branch students go remote
The Homecoming coronation which had been re-scheduled at North Branch High School for November 16, was called-off; a casualty of the coronavirus as the district announced intentions to move to all remote education.
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Council hears update on Stacy Ponds apartments project
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Wireless tower internet gets permit OK'd -- minus one disputed site
The North Branch City Council had one member in city hall for the council meeting last week and two council persons participating virtually, with one seat still vacant and Joel McPherson absent. The vote was 3-0 to approve permits needed for improving North Branch internet using strategically placed signal towers. The vote by Council members Kathy Blomquist and Kelly Neider, along with Mayor Jim Swenson, authorized Conditional Use Permits for two of the three towers recommended by planning commissioners (story Press Nov. 5) 
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Meacham appointed to North Branch City Council
The vacancy on the North Branch Council created with Brian Voss stepping down earlier this fall was filled on a 3-1 vote this week. The council had interviewed four applicants and agreed to seat Patrick Meacham, a five-year resident who sits on the city planning commission now. 
Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Lions lend a helping hand
Chisago Lakes Lions members Don Bungum, Gary Gerke, Dan and Sally Swanson, were helping the local food shelf by collecting donations at Brink’s Market in Chisago City.  The foursome took in $2,190 last weekend to keep the food shelf program stocked during the upcoming holidays.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Local manufacturer tells Senator Klobuchar of need for speedy testing
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar heard from local manufacturing business owner Traci Tapani and other owners of manufacturing firms in central Minnesota, about the need for speedy testing for the covid-19 virus.  Businesses are finding lack of virus testing to be the major hurdle impacting their bottom line.  Workers who think they may be ill, are waiting days in isolation for test results. They learn maybe days later they are positive but by then their 80 hours of salary coverage has been half eaten-up.  Then, they still have to quarantine at least another 14 days. 
Friday, November 13, 2020

Covid relief OK'd by County Board
The county commissioners November 4 unanimously divided out more grants from CARES Act funding, for non-profits and schools this time. Chisago County’s  aid package of $6.7 million has been dispersed in phases since the state apportioned out the monies based on population.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Water and Light office closes for COVID-19 quarantine
One of the first steps taken by the newly expanded five-member North Branch utility commission in mid-summer was to hire a comprehensive water study,  which last week WSB engineering consultants unveiled in a work session.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Public Health tells County Board to stay vigilant about virus
The Chisago County Board heard the sobering news Wednesday Nov. 4 that every one person who carries the COVID-19 coronavirus will infect 2.5 other people.  The latest data regarding spread of COVID-19  in Chisago County was explained by Courtney Wehrenberg, county Public Health official. She noted health officials are concerned with having seen positives go from 892 cases to 1,431 within two weeks’ time. 
Friday, November 13, 2020

Center City Council discusses mall signage
Center City Council met November 4 for a regular meeting. All members were present.  In old business, the council discussed the city's contract or lack of contract with Center City's current engineering firm. Mayor Mark Wolcott told the council it has been around a year since the city has been without a contract.  Current engineer Les Mattefy has been with the city as an engineer since 1989. He is with his second firm now since 1999.  The council agreed to look into a contract and city attorney Ted Alliegro reminded them they would need new date in the new proposal.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Goodbye to a good buddy; make Thanksgiving plans; before 10 p.m.
This week we say goodbye to a dear friend.  Foster Mooney passed away late last week.  Never heard of him? If I showed a picture of him, most of you would say “Ohhh that guy!”  Foster is known for an iconic cowboy hat, his thick framed glasses and his neatly trimmed mustache. He ran a local farm north of town and was forever a staple at the Lindstrom Farmer’s Market.  I have known Foster for what seems like forever and was so saddened to hear of his passing.  He was such a great guy, very opinionated but definitely great.  Such a huge part of the community, such a huge hole left. Rest in peace Foster.
Friday, November 13, 2020

Mushroom inspired recipes
Friday, November 13, 2020

Lindahl obtains FFA top achievement
Of thousands of FFA program members in the U.S. fewer than one percent will qualify for the top level achievement possible-- the American Degree. This year one of those recipients is a Chisago Lakes High School grad. 
Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Wildcats lead let slip away before failed two-point attempt
In the Wildcat football team’s belated season opener against Cambridge-Isanti at home last Saturday, October 31, running back Austin Pearson scored with 26.9 seconds left in the game to cut the Bluejacket lead to 35-34.  A successful extra point would likely send the game into overtime.  But the Wildcat coaching staff decided to end the game right then and there and set up to go for two.  Pearson took a pitch left and headed toward the front corner of the end zone, but was tackled at the three-yard line, keeping the score at 35-34.  The Wildcats tried an onside kick, but Cambridge recovered it and ran out the clock for the win.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Chisago County goes for Trump, Stauber and most other incumbents in balloting this week
In Tuesday’s balloting results for Chisago County the theme appears to have been return the incumbents.  The candidates seeking re-election, almost to the person, won.  The county went with incumbents nearly up and down the ticket-- from  supporting President Trump and Mike Pence to bringing back two of three members of the Chisago Lakes School Board out of a field of seven candidates.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Lent has new appointed supervisor
The Lent Township Board has chosen Jess Eischens to fill a town board supervisor vacancy created by Lisa Sinna’s recent resignation. Sinna was approaching the end of her second year in her term when her resignation was acknowledged by the Board in August.  According to Minnesota statutes Eischens serves until the next general  election when Lent has supervisors on the ballot.  A special election will seat someone for the remainder of the four year supervisor ‘C’ term, which Sinna won in November 2018.
Friday, November 6, 2020

North Branch reviews CARES Act applications, puts wireless internet project out for bidding
The North Branch City Council, with one council seat vacant and another one empty due to absence last week, reviewed time sensitive covid-19 CARES Act dispersements.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Chisago City Council CARES Act funds to help shelter voters
The Chisago City Council on Oct. 27 agreed to use CARES Act funds to purchase a touchless, bottle-filler water fountain for city hall and four pop-up tents and lighting for people waiting in line to vote at the Nov. 3 general election. City Administrator John Pechman recommended purchase of the tents in case of rain and adding lighting as polls remain open until 8 p.m. and anyone standing in line by that time is allowed to vote.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Internet improvement in North Branch looking at multi-tower installations for wireless
The plan to improve Internet in North Branch using wireless “point to multi-point” tower transmission gained some headway this week with the city planning commission voting 4-1 to recommend to city council the towers sites get Conditional Use Permits.
Friday, November 6, 2020

Halloween happened, there is one person glad the election is over - me
On Halloween, Lakes Free Church held their annual Trunk-or-Treat event.  Of course with the whole pandemic thing, somethings had to be altered.  Church and community members dressed in their own costumes and doled out candy, a lot of candy to families who drove through a sea of candy givers.  There was one point where the cars were lined up almost to the Dairy Queen along Olinda Trail. 
Friday, November 6, 2020

Cranberries important role
It’s the season of cranberries and a lot of other foods as well. We will soon be  approaching Thanksgiving Day and I don’t know about you, but we always have cranberries in some form, mostly whole cran sauce. I’m not going to talk much about the crimson berry as you know what a cranberry looks like and tastes like. Cranberries are a fruit that makes you pucker your lips if eaten without sugar. I was reading about cranberries in one of my cookbooks and found there are a lot of things I didn’t know. Be sure to take advantage of the berries when they are on sale at the grocery stores for use in recipes that call for fresh or frozen berries at a later date. Lets go ahead with some good recipes.
Friday, November 6, 2020

County voter turnout surpasses 90 percent
Chisago County’s voter participation rate is currently in the mid-90 percent range and will only increase as absentee ballots get sorted through by election officials and added to the total. County Auditor/Treasurer Bridgitte Konrad said the turnout was 94.2 percent as of Wednesday this week. 
Thursday, November 5, 2020


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