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First round of Opioid Action Council grants approved

The Opioid Action Council for Chisago County recommended a half-dozen grants to be awarded from pharmaceutical company lawsuit settlement funds, and the county commissioners unanimously supported the group’s advice. In total this round of grants distributes $229,000.
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Special Lindstrom meeting held to get consensus on apartments

A Lindstrom City Council thumbs-up will give an apartment complex the support it needs to advance in a competitive housing tax credit program the developers will be applying for.

Taylors Falls Council awards facade improvement funding

Two owners of downtown Taylors Falls landmarks were approved at Monday night’s city council meeting for use of city facade improvement funds to do repairs and painting.

Osceola Bridge meeting; updated timeline and graphics

The lecture hall at Osceola High School was standing room only for a public presentation June 25, to offer the newest information on the #243 St. Croix River Bridge replacement project. Instead of a high school instructor holding the attention of 75 or so in the audience it was MNDOT East Area Engineer Dmitry Tomasevich who controlled the powerpoint screen and took questions.

On tax forfeiture issue; County is in state fund

Chisago County commissioners voted unanimously last week to participate in the state program developed during the just-finished legislative session, that makes the county eligible to get funds from the state to resolve issues arising from dealing with tax-forfeited properties.

It’s roadwork time in the county

The road construction season has entered its peak, although this year it’s been progressing in fits and starts with the amount of rainfall we have experienced lately. Project updates from the county engineering staff include, not least of all, the multi-million Highway 8 improvements package.

Grand jury indicts North Branch man

A cold case concerning a sexual assault that allegedly took place in Stacy 14 years ago, was brought back to life last year with DNA matching reported to local authorities by state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension labs. The suspect tied to the genetic evidence was first charged with lesser severity of criminal sexual offenses in December 2023— but he has more recently been indicted for two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree by a grand jury in Center City.

Chisago Lakes adding to Taylors Falls kindergarten; early budget reviewed

The Chisago Lakes School Board authorized adding a section (class) to the Taylors Falls kindergarten for the coming year. The district had planned on 50 entering kindergarten and the Board heard there already are 49 students with a number of additional anticipated, if historical enrollment trends are any indication. Between end of the year and start of the next, kindergarten numbers generally see growth from established numbers, the superintendent told the School Board last week.

Midsummer Days to highlight beautification boosters, vets’ memorial

This year’s Midsummer Days Grand Marshal selection highlights an ideal— and not an individual— in calling attention to work being done to bring a new veterans’ memorial to the City of North Branch. The non-profit North Branch Beautification Association was chosen by celebration organizers as Grand Marshal for this weekend’s Midsummer Days Parade.

Sheriff gets county board to authorize plate readers

A fugitive female from Illinois, traveling with minor kids that she was not supposed to have custody of, was located and apprehended in Chisago County just last week, thanks to a Wisconsin license plate reading device detecting her sought-after vehicle being driven into Taylors Falls. St. Croix Falls authorities contacted local squads and the swift arrest avoided any number of bad outcomes.

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