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CRISIS RESPONSE: How can Chisago County do better?

The Mental Health Work Group spun off from an organization involved in addressing police brutality issues, is hosting a community discussion July 24 at the North Branch Library. Free and open to the public this starts at 5:30 p.m., with refreshments being served.

Karl Oskar Days filled with fun, families, food and friends!

A little rain didn’t dampen spirits for Karl Oskar Days. Crowds were huge at all the events including the beer garden and the street dance. The parade saw grand marshals Mike and Trudy McKenzie as well as new royalty (right). Corn was a plenty at the Masons Corn Feed. Kids …

Local trio of siblings find Karl's Snuff Box!!

Finders of the missing Karl Oskar snuff box were Annika, Liam and Logan Hall. The group found the box near a mailbox on the easement outside of Plastic Products. The group took home a whopping $1,000 thanks in part to Carlson’s Amoco, Deutschland Meats, City of Lindstrom and the Chisago …

St. Croix dam under repair; boating discouraged until July 31

Sometime in the next couple days or so— the St. Croix River flowage at the St. Croix Falls-Taylors Falls Dam will be at the desired elevation to allow Xcel Energy to proceed on dam repairs. Wisconsin Xcel announced that the flowage has been undergoing a drawdown (begun July 10) that …

Unmanned aerials -- drones -- coming to Lakes Area P.D.

Unmanned aerial vehicles—more commonly known as drones, are soon becoming part of the arsenal of investigative equipment used by Lakes Area Police.

Cannabis rules coming soon

Rules are starting to take shape for the fast-approaching marijuana industry in Minnesota. Local officials have opted for either; pacing their jurisdiction to not accept applications (moratorium) for retail until the end of the year (see Wyoming City Council story this week) or townships mostly are waiting for the county …

Primary Voting

The primary for offices that are not the U.S. President, takes place through Aug 12. The primary narrows the field for the general election in November 2024. There are eight people who have filed for U.S. Senator on the GOP side to run against Amy Klobuchar, and five on the …

Townships of Shafer, Franconia, and Almelund/Amador welcome high speed, reliable, cost effective internet

We have all been there - logging into an online meeting for work, streaming a movie for entertainment, playing a game with our peers, trying to submit a school assignment, and "boom" our internet connection freezes or stops. For most larger city dwellers, this challenge has become a thing of …

Wyoming City Council enacts moratorium on cannabis-based businesses to year’s end

Hemp-derived businesses and cannabis based enterprises are going to have to wait a while longer to set up shop in the city of Wyoming. The city council members voted at their July 2 council meeting to halt applications for permit consideration at least into November.

Stacy City Council OKs fireworks with reduced wind-testing prior

Stacy City Council met July 9 for a regular meeting, all members were present.

Bulldogs clip Nighthawks to claim Mug

The Mug is a traveling trophy, provided by Pizza Pub, fought over between the Chisago Lakes Bulldogs and their arch rival, the North Branch Nighthawks, in the annual Mug Game. The Nighthawks won The Mug for the first five years of the annual game, and Nighthawk players over 21 got …

Erin Donahue

Erin Marie Donahue, age 53, of Lindstrom, Minnesota passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at home surrounded by her loved ones following a long battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Nicholas Mendez

Nicholas “Nick” Mendez December 7, 1924 – July 11, 2024, age 99 years and seven months, of Chisago City, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side.

Karl Oskar Days was fantastic, Wannigan Days this weekend

What a fantastic weekend it was for Karl Oskar Days! Except for 30 minutes of rain that unfortunately cancelled the Loppet; but other than that, it was smooth sailing. Crowds were huge, and the parks with the vendors were packed. The parade had beautiful weather and the streets were lined …

Some lighter fare for the summer

Although some people claim that the 4th of July and Karl Oskar Days are the end of summer, I disagree wholeheartedly. We have a few more months of warm temps and beautiful weather to enjoy, so here’s some nice, crisp, light recipes to keep the summer vibes going in your …

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