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Ziemer resigns from North Branch

The North Branch City Council had scheduled a work session for Tuesday night this week— but the status was changed to a “special’ meeting so there could be action taken on a resignation. North Branch Interim City Administrator Jason Ziemer is stepping down. His last day is planned for Friday, …

Highway 243 Osceola Bridge public meeting June 25

The Highway 243/Osceola Bridge project team has news to share about the design and look of the new Osceola Bridge to unveil at an upcoming June 25 in-person public meeting. Attendees will see bridge design images, get an update on the construction timeline, and have the opportunity to ask the …

Center City Council cool to plat request on Park Island

Center City Council met June 4 for a regular meeting. Council member Ryan Pease was absent.

Xcel transition plan local impacts TBD

The Xcel Energy plan to transition away from a carbon-reliant power system by the Year 2040, may have implications locally but it may not. It depends on which aspects of the plan are approved by state regulators and how the requests for proposals to implement the plan shake out. Chisago …

North Branch to Harris trail officially opens as does off-road course

Trail supporters who showed up for the ribbon cutting —opening the newest segment of Sunrise Prairie Trail and the new off-road bicycle course at Ki-Chi-Saga County Park were delighted to hear the announcement that the county has arrived at a purchase agreement for the remaining parcels left to connect the …

County Board briefs...

Chisago County Commissioners spent the most time and effort on a Franconia Township wedding venue permit status in their meeting last week, which is covered in a separate story on page one this week.

Wyoming Council approves road projects to go to bid

The road improvement project list for 2024 has advanced to the stage where Wyoming City Council approved going out for bids and finalized specifications. There’s been a couple of neighborhood meetings based on preliminary planning and feasibility study of the project, a public hearing held and last week the city …

Congrats grads, fireworks date change, Harmony is underway

Congratulations to the most recent graduates of Wolf Creek Online School and the North Branch seniors. These kids have worked hard to get where they are today and I am certain they will make a difference in this world.

Hey Aly, check these out!

I always use this Father’s Day column to give Aly some ideas on what to make me coming up! Here’s some of my current faves that I’m going to maybe hint at for her to make this year!

Shafer City Council ups council and mayor pay

Shafer City Council met June 4 for a regular meeting. All members were present.

One hospitalized after Franconia crash June 7

A 19-year-old Andover woman was brought to Regions hospital following a collision at 243 and Hwy. 95 in Franconia Township Friday, June 7.

Short-handed council hit with dilemmas

Chisago City’s regular May 28 meeting involved a relatively short agenda but lengthy discussion. With Mayor Bob Gustafson absent, the remaining four council members found themselves discussing a series of dilemmas.

North Branch Council opts to interview three search firms

The North Branch City Council meeting last week started off with presentations of honors to police staff for outstanding public service, for valor in the line of duty and a letter of commendation from Chief Dan Meyer. The plaques and certificates went to: Randy Coe, Jesse Zajak, Tyler Lawson, Kyle …

Local capitol breach cases; trial delayed

The Lindstrom area residents charged in connection with the mob breach into the U.S. Capitol building January 6 2021 — disrupting validation of election results by Congress— have had their trial date pushed back.

Chisago Lakes celebrates senior class of 2024!

Chisago Lakes held their graduation ceremonies on Monday, June 3 on the football field. It was the culmination of years of hard work for the students. They are just beginning their quest and have so much to look forward to ahead of them. Congratulations grads!

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