November 24, 2010 at 9:46 a.m.

Small Town Christmas has all you need, saves gas, helps your neighbors, all in one

Small Town Christmas has all you need, saves gas, helps your neighbors, all in one
Small Town Christmas has all you need, saves gas, helps your neighbors, all in one

I hope you had a chance to check out this year's Gift Guide that came in your Search Shopper last weekend. We feel this is our best Gift Guide ever and really hope you enjoy it.

There are a few things in the guide that I would like to point out. The first is the coloring contest on page 21. We will once again be giving out prizes for three different age categories this year. All you have to do is have your child color Santa riding in his North Pole Express train and either bring it to the Press or send it to PO Box 748, Lindstrom, MN 55045. We will pick the winners right before Christmas and if your child's coloring is chosen, we will ask to run a photo of your child holding their artwork.

The second item of note in this year's Gift Guide is on page 12 and 13. You will find a two page listing of this year's Chisago Lakes Small Town Christmas event. Small Town Christmas begins December 3 and runs until Sunday night. You will first notice a heading for all weekend events. This is followed by businesses that will be offering wonderful specials all weekend long. Next you will find headings for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Under these headings, you will find one-day specials offered by local businesses. Mixed in with the event days are Small Town Christmas lighting ceremonies from area towns and cities.

This Guide is truly worth reading. You get great ideas for the Holidays and tremendous specials from local businesses who want to make your Christmas spectacular.

If you happened to misplace the guide, do not fret. We will be running a list of events in this weekend's Search Shopper. If you need an extra copy of the gift guide, please stop in, we have plenty to hand out. As always, let's try to make an effort to shop as local as possible this year. Spending our money locally ensures the money stays in the community.

I was talking with a teacher from Lakeside Elementary the other day. I asked her if they were doing anything special for Christmas this year in her class. She told me they were holding a Toys for Teens drive. They are collecting toys for kids age 10-13, an age that is forgotten when the public donates toys this time of the year. If you would like to help Mrs. Overgaard and the rest of the fifth grade classes in their toy drive, just drop off your gift at the office and they will see it ends up in a happy teen's hands this Christmas. Toys they are suggesting are: trivia games, gift cards, card games, dart boards, art kits, athletic equipment and other fun stuff. Thanks for your help.

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for someone and are really stuck on what to get, I have an idea. What if you gave a subscription to the Chisago County Press? How many other Christmas presents come to your doorstep 52 times a year? How many Christmas presents are filled with valuable community information, school information, sports and great advertising from local businesses? If you purchase the Press as a gift, we will give you a gift certificate and a copy of the Press that you can wrap up and put under the tree. A subscription is a great idea for someone who has trouble getting out and about. Give us a call at 651-257-5115, we will be more than happy to help you solve your gift giving woes.

The County Press had some angry readers last week. We printed a story that included a tidbit about a high school student not being able to participate in a sport because of reasons outside the sport. While we did not get specific, we printed it nonetheless. We had some readers remind us of other students in the recent past that were not allowed to participate in their sports for reasons outside their sports.

After thinking about this for a long time, I believe they were right. Right in the sense that this paper should be consistent in its reporting and if we choose to report on one person's eligibility issues, we should report on all that we encounter in reporting.

Our goal here is to provide a consistent paper which the public will enjoy and most importantly trust. If we have offended any of the parties involved, I apologize.

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