June 19, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

Chisago Lake Township says goodbye to a great employee; MidSummer Days

Chisago Lake Township says goodbye to a great employee; MidSummer Days
Chisago Lake Township says goodbye to a great employee; MidSummer Days

Chisago Lake Township, where I reside, has lost a great employee. Mark (many of you know him as Mick) Campbell has retired. Mark has been a civil servant for over 30 years working first for Chisago County and the last 12 years for the Township. Mark was the head maintenance person at a company that had two employees. Big deal two employees? Well, those two employees were in charge of plowing, mowing, graveling, salting, permitting, grading, and virtually everything else for a township that is larger in area than any other municipality in our area. Pretty impressive to say the least.

I have known Mark for years, and I have been begging him to write his experiences down. It would make for a great sitcom someday. You would not believe some of the calls and complaints he has received over the years. People would call and yell at Mark and Matt for the most insane reasons, and what would they do? Calmly say thanks and we will look into it. Sure everyone gets a little steamed if their road isn't the first one plowed, but think of all of the miles these two men have to plow, it's mind blowing. Then take into consideration that it didn't matter if they had a family function, if there was snow coming they grabbed their coats and headed up to the Township building. Mark is a local Vet that is super active in the community. He is the voice for many of our local Veterans. I have thanked him many times before for his service, but I would like to do so publicly. Thank you Mark. Thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for your service to our township. You will be sorely missed.

As I was going over our numbers from last year, I was comparing internet and Facebook numbers. I found one statistic that knocked me off my chair (literally). Chisagocountypress.com had over 1 million page views last year. 1 million. I had to go back and check it three times to make sure my old eyes were not going bad. Yep, I was right 1 million. I am speechless. Then I started thinking. All of those businesses out there that think internet advertising is the way to go, did you read what I wrote in the last sentence? If you want exposure, and you tell me, where else in Chisago County can you get 1 million page views? The answer is as plain as day. Advertising on the County Press website is the BEST place to advertise your business bar none. Give us a call at 651-257-5115 or email us at [email protected]. You will be blown away at how low our internet advertising prices are.

This weekend is MidSummer Days in North Branch. This is the 89th year of the celebration and the good folks from North Branch would love to see you there. The celebration gets rolling on Thursday with bingo, both the family version and adult. There is also a carnival with rides and games that runs from today until Sunday st noon. Friday night is the ambassador program where a new “Miss North Branch” will be chosen and her court. I know they are called ambassadors, but hey, I’m old school.

Friday night also has a street dance with “The Farmer’s Daughters” performing. Saturday there is a golf tournament, kiddie olympics and a kiddie parade as well as a cock-a-doodle zoo for the kids. There is also the ever popular water fight between fire fighters on Elm Street. Saturday’s street dance will feature the band “Stooge”. Sunday the celebration wraps up with the MidSummer Days parade at 2 p.m. followed by yet another street dance. This dance will feature the “Waxtones”. As you can see, there are many events for you and your family to take in over the weekend. Hopefully the weather decides to dry up for a few days so we can all enjoy MidSummer Days.

If you have yet to renew your subscription because you are still getting your Press, I am sorry but this is the last one you will receive. If your renewal has lapsed, don’t worry, just either send us a check for $47 or call us here at 651 257 5115. we will be happy to get your papers going again.


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