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May 28, 2022

Stacy-Lent officials near final agreement
Elected officials for Lent Township and the City of Stacy ended their two-hour special meeting Thursday, May 19, having produced a rough draft of an orderly annexation (merger) agreement.  Lawyers James Monge and Peter Tiede have been directed to put what was discussed line-by-line— into a legal format.  They’ll bring a tentative final copy to a meeting, set for Stacy City Hall at 7 p.m. Monday night, June 13.
Friday, May 27, 2022

Hallberg Arts Center shows Ukraine support
Friday, May 27, 2022

ME report highlights record-setting 2021 cases
The headline from the Chisago County Medical Examiner’s annual report would have to be that the service numbers for 2021 broke all previous totals. 
Friday, May 27, 2022

Lions clean up team hits the highway
Chisago Lakes Lions clean-up team hit the highway Saturday, May 21.  Pictured Gary Gerke, Jim Koenig, Kevin Stenson, Don Endres, Ron Boneske, Mark Plumley, Jim Wizik and not pictured— but getting honorable mention, Mark Karnowski who set-up the Hwy. 8 stretch as a Lions project.  

Friday, May 27, 2022

Local courts to activate digital evidence system
One of the most obvious lessons learned from having to operate remotely and on-line during the covid virus pandemic was the necessity of embracing digital tools.  Over the series of shutdowns and avoidance of personal interactions during covid 19— varieties of institutions came to realize that leveraging technology is key and will only be more so, later.
Friday, May 27, 2022

City lot sale questioned, public works site looking to expand
Lindstrom City Council met May 19 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  In public forum, resident Linda Lindgren told the council her son offered to purchase the vacant lot on Oak Street and Highway 8 and the city owned south of it.  Lindgren said her son wanted to build an office for his company but was told a building had to be 5,000 square feet with apartments above.  Lindgren asked why that property has sat empty and now has reportedly sold for $1. 
Friday, May 27, 2022

Memorial Day weekend, come paddle
This weekend is Memorial Day.  A day that has been set aside to honor those women and men who have given their lives for our freedom.  A sacrifice that comes with the highest honor, serving our country is the greatest gesture one can make.  These women and men have built our country with their dedication and loyalty.  Current military and veterans of the military hold a special place in my heart.  There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude to them (or you if you are a veteran and reading this).  Thank you.
Friday, May 27, 2022

Rhubarb runnin' wild this week
There is many things more American than Memorial Day weekend, warm weather and rhubarb recipes!
Friday, May 27, 2022

North Branch Council sees concept for old Main Street School lot
In other business during the regular North Branch City Council session, following the special joint meeting with utility commissioners:
Council heard of an Eagle Scout project approved by Parks, Trails and Open Space.  Collin Van Tassel will build and install bluebird nesting boxes in the Clayton Anderson Memorial Nature Park.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Electric assets sale terms approved, ECE okay is next
In a special meeting last week with three of five North Branch city council members and all Water & Light Utility Commission members attending— officials voted in support of continued negotiations on a purchase agreement with East Central Electric (ECE) cooperative, for disposition of North Branch’s electric distribution system assets. 
Friday, May 20, 2022

St. Bridget's gives Hannah's Arms a rest; boutique remains
St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Lindstrom has put Hannah’s Arms, Saturday parenting and family crafts sessions, on hold.  The Baby Blanket Boutique, however,  does continue to provide goods to support families with new children or expecting, and remains open to the public two days each week. 
Friday, May 20, 2022

Wishes & More comes through for Grace
In a wooded North Branch neighborhood of recently-built suburban family homes clad in earth tone exteriors;  it’s impossible to miss the blindingly white English cottage, complete with dormers, pink trim and flower boxes bursting with blooms.
Friday, May 20, 2022

Roundabout project to impact Lofton, Green Lake Trail & Chisago Blvd.
Construction on the roundabout at the intersection of County Road 24 (Old Towne Road) and County Road 23 (Lofton Ave. & Chisago Blvd.) south of Chisago City will begin the week of June 6, with the road closure & detour happening on the 8th, after school is out for the summer.  Given that this intersection is situated between the lakes and there is not a good or easy way to detour traffic here, the traffic impact will be substantial.
Friday, May 20, 2022

Is that the dump? Nope just South Center
Saturday afternoon we decided to take a boat ride after a long day working in the yard.  We like to just slowly putt around the lake and unwind like alot of folks do in this area.  We were over by Pancake Island on South Center when we passed a group of four 20-somethings on a pedal boat.  The boat was barely above water, it was clearly meant for two people. But there were two men paddling in the front and two women on the back enjoying beverages.  Heck it was warm out, I was enjoying a beverage myself.  But as we passed them, a girl on the back finishes off her beer in a bottle, shakes the bottle and proceeds to throw it in the water. 
Friday, May 20, 2022

Finally, it's grilling season
I look forward to grilling season every year. The sweet smelling smoke wafting in your face, the seasonings, the meat, everything about grilling is great. I love grilling sides, and the nice weather that comes with it. And boy is spring the perfect time. A little breezy, not too hot. It just screams at you to get your butt out on the deck or patio and fire up the grill and make a good meal.
Friday, May 20, 2022

Storms rip through Lakes Area, causing damage
A quick and dramatic rise in air temperature and strong winds wreaked havoc on the Chisago Lakes Area, Monday this week,  from Chisago City- Lindstrom to Taylors Falls. Hundreds of trees were downed in the region, creating a long day and night of work for power restoration crews.  According to staff, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation campus employees in Center City were told in excess of 100 trees fell.  Above,  is a view looking south on Olinda Trail at the high school in Lindstrom. 
Friday, May 13, 2022

STAR ratings for charitable gambling released by state
Annually the Chisago County Press shares data and star ratings for area charitable gambling organizations.  The Star Rating system was created to quickly show the community at what level the organization is supporting lawful expenditures to charity endeavors.
Friday, May 13, 2022

SBA honors local entrepreneurs
National Small Business Week arrived last week in North Branch, bringing a special recognition for the owners of the Sunrise Flour Mill in the North Branch industrial park, who got into grains and the milling busness as a hobby at first. 
Friday, May 13, 2022

Center City not having a lucky year; council hears of sampling water
Center City had just bounced back after experiencing the theft and destruction of a city pickup truck, and now the latest mishap has city insurers reviewing coverage for a crash involving a  Center City Fire department rig and a passenger car.  The rig was part of honoring deceased firefighter Brian Olson, and was returning from the funeral when the collision occurred in Lindstrom.  Reports are the car involved missed a red light and T-boned the rig.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Chisago Lakes Prom 2022 was a dream for students!
Chisago Lakes 2022 Prom-goers gathered for a photo Saturday, May 7.  Prom took place at Earle Brown Center in the Twin Cities.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Covid situation status quo for Health & Human services
The federal emergency order issued under President Trump in 2020, in response to the pandemic, has been extended again to mid-July.
Chisago County Health & Human Services Director Robert Benson told the County Board this national action has resulted in giving staff a brief reprieve, as their workload will be impacted with a return to normal status.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Love storms - until they wreck your house
Wow - that’s all I can say.  The storm that came through Monday was a real eye-opener.  First, the radar looked bad, then it looked like it was all pushing more northerly and...wham.  Our house is in Center City and from the looks of it, Center City took the brunt of the storm.  I’m not going to pretend to be a meteorologist (although some say I have the hair for it) but the way our two very large trees that are now uprooted are lying it sure looks like wind rotation.  We had one tree fall across the road and the other tree fell directly onto our house.  The wind was then so strong it blew the tree down along the roof to the other side.  Tornado? Who knows - probably not.  Incredibly frustrating? Absolutely.  Sorry about the chain saw noise you will be hearing all summer long.
Friday, May 13, 2022

Already time to dip a line into the water
Last year at this time, I shared some of my favorite fish recipes in honor of fishing opener, and we’ll do the same this year.
Friday, May 13, 2022

North Branch applicants for city council appointments have May 23 deadline
If you have been considering applying for the vacant seat on the North Branch City Council there’s only a few days to act.
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Highway 95 week-long road closure in Franconia Township begins May 16
Motorists will encounter a road closure and detour on Highway 95 in Chisago County on Monday, May 16 as crews complete a drainage repair project.
Thursday, May 12, 2022

North Branch prom a perfect night for many
North Branch Area High School Prom 2022 was held last weekend, at Kellerman Event Center in White Bear Lake.  Pictured is a group gathered in one of the spaces.  The historic building has been restored and decorated to handle intimate occasions or large gatherings and prom-goers enjoyed the location.
Friday, May 6, 2022

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