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September 20, 2019

Chisago Lakes bullying response complied with policy
Chisago Lakes Schools District 2144 appears to have been absolved of any direct responsibility tied to a complaint alleging unaddressed bullying caused a 15-year-old student to take his life in April 2018.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Homecoming King and Queen crowned in North Branch!
Homecoming King and Queen for North Branch were announced Monday this week.  The Vikings of North Branch play Duluth East this Friday (tomorrow) night.  Pictured are 2019 Royals Chloe Triggs and Carter Whitman.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sewer treatment commission gets reprieve on phragmites-related concerns
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission heard a couple of good news items at the meeting Monday this week.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Citizens have a few questions for council Sept. 10
Stacy City Council met Sept 10 for a regular meeting. All were in attendance except for engineer Dan Boyum. 
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Shafer Days 2019
A central part of the Shafer Days celebration is a re-enactment of an historic bank robbery, with the bank itself still standingin town.  The Mayor Paula Hanson, right, narrates the action as John Mattson and Mike Olmschenk play the roles.  The robbery was not successful butit was memorable. The belief is that a fire was set just outside of town and when everybody dashed off to deal with it, the thieves showed up. The pursuit was not immediately effective because the banker’s car was not running well, but the robbers were later caught.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Nature party? Count me in! Still time to apply for a community grant
Thanks so much to all of the people who worked so hard making both Shafer Days and Almelund’s Apple Fest such a success.  The rain tried to ruin Shafer Days but really only affected the parade, which was called-off. Other than that the weather was perfect for both events.
Thursday, September 19, 2019

We are in the season of squash
We now are in the season of squash, pumpkins and gourds. All these years I thought that pumpkins are pumpkins, squash are squash and gourds are the small funny shaped gourds. Does that make any sense? Well people, my info guru tells me that pumpkins and squash are gourds! We are never too old to learn, are we?
Thursday, September 19, 2019

North Branch bricks a time capsule into their new facilities
Kirby Ekstrom, North Branch Area Public Schools Board Chair, inserted the official time capsule into the niche at the high school addition, during a project dedication at the September 6 Open House.  A brick mason immediately walled it in.  The district officials unveiled the community fitness facility, site additions, major repairs and building makeovers for the public to tour.  There are more projects being worked on into next year.  School district voters supported a May 2017 referendum, approving borrowing for new structural projects, enhanced security, replacing roofs, etc.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Suspended waste hauler license reinstatement agreed to
Chisago County and local garbage hauler Terry Flor have signed an agreement that allows Terry’s Disposal to continue hauling.  The Press reported the environmental services department had suspended Terry’s Disposal license as of September 2;  due to prohibited materials accumulating at the operation’s base in rural North Branch. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tax court decision on natural gas company appeal cost-share called for
Chisago County will be sending a bill to townships, cities, school districts and other taxing jurisdictions requesting a share of a substantial property tax refund,  the county paid to Northern Natural Gas Company.  Depending on locations of gas service and distribution structures and equipment --some aparts of Chisago County will be contributing large sums.  Deputy County Auditor Bridgitte Konrad told the Press she let officials know this is going to be a “significant” amount of money.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Center City finances, levy main agenda item
Center City Council last week heard from the budget subcommittee consisting of Council member Lloyd Vetter and Mayor Mark Wolcott, that just to cover debt payments in 2020 the city levy may need to increase 5.8 percent. The General Fund levy may require 2.5 percent additional.    Council set a budget workshop for Thursday September 26 at 7p.m. to go over budget details. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hendren takes home near perfect score from state fair
Mosaic artist Cathie Hendren took home a nearly perfect score for her first time ever at the State Fair, competing in Creative Arts.  She got 99 points out of 100 possible and nabbed all the ribbons.  Her terrific cat image is of her sister’s pet, and is made of pieces of glass, with the blue background complete tiles.  Hendren, who is  Music Director for St Gregory’s Catholic Church in North Branch, only got started doing mosaics two-and-a-half years ago.  Anybody interested in mosaics should check-in with the Facebook group at mosaicmentoring.  The artists there were a big help, she says.  Hendren welcomes inquiries about doing custom images, you can see more of her pieces at Evergreen coffeeshop in Wyoming and Wild Mountain Winery, outside of Almelund.   E mail her at vincecathieh@izoom.net.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

2020 levy coming together in North Branch
The North Branch City Council held a work session on its 2020 budget and levy, minus Kelly Neider and Joel McPherson. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Shafer Council approves sewer and water rate increase, discuss preliminary levy
Shafer City Council met September 3 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Shafer Days and Apple Fest this weekend, come out and enjoy
This weekend our area won’t disappoint for activities for you and your family to have some real fun, real cheap. 
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Get on the bandwagon...eat cabbage
What veggie do we harvest in the late summer and early fall?  It’s about cabbage today. I was reading an article about how cabbage can help prevent many health issues that we deal with in our daily life. I think we (at least many of us) should get on the bandwagon and promote eating cabbage and other cruciferous veggies to help in keeping our health in check.
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Wille family grand kids support The Baby Blanket
This is the fifth year the Wille family grandkids have held a bake sale to support The Baby Blanket, at Lindstrom’s St. Bridget’s Church and they are happy to report they raised $550.  The Baby Blanket program offers pregnant women, new parents and young children encouragement, understanding and material help in the form of car seats, cribs, pack-n-play units, diapers, wipes and mattresses.  Cash donations help in purchasing these new items.  Gently used clothing and accessories are also made available through donations by generous community members.  Pictured: Hannah Reiter, Kaitlyn Wille, Sophia Wille, Nick and Abby Reiter;  Thomas, Alexandra, Courtney and William Peterson, Bo and Grant Wille.  Not pictured, baking helpers: Luke, Dan, and Brianna Wille.  They extend a big thank you to everybody who supported the cause.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Local couple's mid-life adventure into alternative ag
Not far from Chisago County’s Fish Lake Park, tucked in the pines off a gravel road, is a futuristic gleaming aluminum and glass farming operation.  A hot house protects four tanks of tilapia fish, which aren’t being marketed at this time, but the fish are a key element of an aquaculture system supporting crops of lettuces and vegetables, you will find at area farmers’ markets and a couple of grocers. 
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Input on Hwy. 8 being solicited now
An upgrade of US Highway 8 from Forest Lake to Karmel Avenue in Chisago City will begin in 2023. Chisago County rather than the Minnesota Department of Transportation is taking the lead, and is encouraging active input from the communities involved.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Council's budgeting goal is a less than 6% increase
The Lindstrom City Council worked on the 2020 levy and budget line-by-line last week and the consensus at the end of the work session is to hold the increase for next year to just under six percent, as a preliminary amount for September action so tax statements can be estimated.  The final levy gets adopted towards the end of the year.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

St.Bridget of Sweden Block Party
The block party at St. Bridget of Sweden was a hit for all involved!
Thursday, September 5, 2019

First day of school jitters out of the way!
The new Lakeside Elementary School in Chisago City welcomed its first-ever students Tuesday morning.  The district administrative offices are also at the new school, in the front entry to the right.  The new school holds second, third, fourth and fifth graders.  The Primary School on Old Towne Road used to hold second grade.  It was remodeled to house the district’s earliest learners and their programming.  Work crews were still busy on portions of the new site’s exterior-- and inside trim and some flooring were unfinished, but Tuesday morning everybody was excited and anticipating the new year.  Pictured top, a  Lakes Area Police School Resource Officer greets arriving students. 
Thursday, September 5, 2019

You can help the Bahamas by donating, last chance at Lakeside
I hope you had a nice long Labor Day weekend.  It would have been nice to see the sun a little more than we did, but time off is always nice regardless. 
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Try different varieties of 'greens'
When a salad recipe calls for “greens” you are given a choice of what kind of salad greens you would like to use. I like romaine, spinach red or green leaf lettuce or iceberg lettuce, which has no nutritional value, but it gives a salad some crunch. Along with my favorites, you might want to try these varieties: chicory (curly endvine), escarole (broad leaf endvine), water cress, dandelion greens (in season), kale or Boston lettuce. Im sticking to my favorites.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Rush Lake personal injury incident sends one to jail
The operator of a snowmobile that collided with a pickup truck on East Rush Lake;  a little after midnight on the third of February and seriously injuring the snowmobile passenger, was sentenced Wednesday, August 28.  Travis Vanelsberg, 22, had his blood alcohol content tested at a medical facility soon after the incident and it was .178.  He entered a guilty plea July 24 (story Press Aug. 1) as part of a plea agreement, to criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm.
Thursday, September 5, 2019

CL football players helping out around town
Chisago Lakes football players have been helping out this summer, in Taylors Falls and Shafer so far. Above, the hockey rink boards were being taken down last weekend in Shafer.
Thursday, August 29, 2019

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