April 22, 2010 at 8:41 a.m.
The Lions are hosting the first ever Carp Festival. What in the world is a Carp Festival? A carp Festival is a fishing tournament held to weed out the rough fish from our lakes. By weeding out the carp, our lakes become healthier and cleaner.
The Lions have found a way to take a fishing tournament and make it fun for all ages. The two lakes that will be "fished" will be North and South Center Lakes. The reason for the quote marks is that you are not limited to catching carp with a rod & reel. You can use a spear, bow and arrow, and landing net. Unfortunately dynamite is not allowed, so leave your TNT at home please.
There will be cash prizes for various levels. There will also be a drawing for a big screen television and a compound bow among other great prizes.
All of the festivities (including the weigh-in) will be held at Lion's Park in Lindstrom (behind Wally Carlson's BP). There will be a carp egg hunt for the kids, bobbing for carp, funniest carp costume and a carp look-a-like contest. There will also be food and beverages available.
The Carp Festival is not until May 22, but if you and your friends would like to participate, you need to register soon. Cost is $20 per entrant and $10 for juniors (13 and under). Contact Steve Levey at 651-257-2966 (after 6) or email him at [email protected].
I think this really has a chance to become a popular yearly event in our area. Come on out have a great time and help our lakes.
Earth Day is today (Thursday), and we here at the Press have put together a great page filled with local businesses who help our Earth become a greener, cleaner place to live.
We have included city and township clean-up dates, where you are encouraged to dispose of unneeded items and trash. We have also included recycling businesses where you can recycle everything from electronics to appliances.
The page also features Chisago County services aimed at helping the citizens recycle anything from hazardous waste to used needles and pharmaceuticals.
If you need a garbage hauler, we have included a list of all haulers who service our area.
We feel this is a great reference to keep on hand all year long. If you need an extra copy, just stop by the Press and we will be glad to help.
The Chisago County Press is getting started on our annual Spring Home, Lawn, & Garden circular. This circular will include great stories on home improvement and lawn care. We have done this circular for years, and the popularity has really grown.
If you own a business that would be a great fit for the circular, I encourage you to call our great sales staff here at 651-257-5115. This is an opportunity to get your business message to the public and get them in your doors. If you would like to increase business over the spring and summer, this is your chance. The circular will be delivered to over 19,000 homes in Chisago and Washington Counties.
We still have a few train tickets remaining for new subscribers. If you like reading the Press and are not a subscriber, we have a deal for you. For a limited time, if you subscribe to the Chisago County Press, you will receive two complimentary tickets to the historic Osceola St. Croix Valley Train. For those of you who have never ridden the train, it is a wonderful trip back in time. The train follows the St. Croix River valley into Minnesota with breathtaking views of the riverway and nature. It is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
The value of the tickets is $34 and the cost of a year's subscription is $47. So if my Chisago Lakes school system math is correct, your subscription really will end up costing you $13. Not a lot of money for what we believe is one of the best independent newspapers in the state. If you are a new subscriber and would like to take advantage of our train ride special, give us a call at 651-257-5115 and mention the train special.
There are still a few tickets remaining for the Chisago Lakes Lions Cadillac Dinner. The dinner is a great meal, and a great social get together that funds one of my favorite civic organizations. We have some really great organizations in Chisago Lakes that give so much to the community.
The dinner is Saturday, May 1 at the Chisago City Community Center. There are great prizes given away (virtually everyone leaves with some prize) including $4,450 in cash prizes. If you would like to attend the Cadillac Dinner please call Tom at 651-257-2937 or Gary at 651-257-5679.
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