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 household!

Extreme Chocolating!

This is just a two recipe column this week featuring two of my favorite chocolate desserts. They are great, rich, decadent desserts and I love them both in the summer. The tiramisu has a nice, light whipped topping and the German chocolate cake has that sweet, sweet coconut topping that I love!

Right into Karl Oskar Days!

Fresh off of the 4th of July holiday, Lindstrom’s own personal holiday starts up next week with the Swedish themed Karl Oskar Days!

My favorite summer fruit

Strawberries are by far my favorite summer treat, and it’s time to start picking them and making some sweet, delicious treats. I’ve shared a lot of strawberry recipes over the years, but I have more...

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Magical run fizzles at state for Vikings softball

The postseason magic that carried the North Branch softball team through an unblemished section run came to an abrupt and powerful end at the hands of the Mankato East Tigers in the first round of the state softball tournament on Wednesday, June 5 at Caswell Park in North Mankato.

Helberg not happy with only being at the state tournament, wins a match

North Branch’s Wyatt Helberg wasn’t satisfied simply being the first North Branch boy to make it to the state tennis tournament.

Girls lax team shocked by Centennial in semis

This was the season the Chisago Lakes girls lacrosse team was supposed to break through and earn their first ever state tournament bid. Everything was in place for their success. They dominated the regular season with a 13-0 record, they drew the top seed in Section 7 and had some of the top teams from last year vacate from their section.

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!

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The sixth-seeded North Branch softball team defied the odds and swept their way to the Section 7AAA championship and a state berth

North Branch’s regular season just didn’t go the way they wanted it to.

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Five area golfers headed to state

The boys golf team got two qualifiers to the state tournament and the girls team moved one on after their section meets on Thursday, May 30.

Boys swept away by Tornadoes

Chisago Lakes boys lacrosse was used to being a high seed in postseason play and having either a bye into the quarterfinals, or at least a favorable match up early on.

Let’s get back to rhubarb

Rhubarb is always a column topic that’s deserving of two weeks. There are a lot of recipes out there, and they are in season in a unique time when most everything else is just starting to take hold.

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North Branch shows up when the lights are brighest

Two wild comebacks for the Vikings highlighted their first round win over the Bluejackets of Hibbing last week in Section 7AAA.

Vikings claim individual M8C crowns, but fall short as a team

The North Branch girls track and field team duked it out with Chisago Lakes for the second spot in the Mississippi 8 Conference championships on Wednesday, May 22, but the Vikings fell just five points short of the ‘Cats, while both finished quite a bit behind M8C champions Monticello.

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Helberg gets hot, first Vike to go to state in boys tennis

Wyatt Helberg has had a strong season relative to North Branch’s team success.

Girls lax finishes undefeated season, earn top seed

Chisago Lakes finished up their unblemished, unbeaten, and oftentimes, unchallenged perfect season with two big wins last week over Forest Lake and St. Michael-Albertville.

CL tested twice, but survive both

This season had been full of blowouts and fun times for the Chisago Lakes girls lacrosse team, but things got a bit more serious last week for the Wildcats as they survived two one-goal games against St. Croix Prep and Monticello.

Wildcat Community Center membership rates to increase, substitutes’ scheduling hired-out

For the first time in its five year history, the Wildcat Community Center rates will be rising for many after an increase was approved unanimously at the regular Chisago Lakes School Board meeting on Thursday, May 16.

Take rhubarb to the next level

Rhubarb is starting to show up at grocery stores and I’m all in. It doesn’t get much more American than rhubarb in the spring. There are so many good recipes to be had, so although I’ve shared plenty of rhubarb in the past, I’m going to bring you some great ones today!

Vikings’ girls primed for true team sections

The North Branch girls track and field team is in fine form after running in two meets last week. They are hoping their top performances led them to a lot of team success at the True Team Section this week, which happened after the County Press went to print.

Rebels come storming back against Chisago Lakes

Chisago Lakes looked like it might run away early from the Champlin Park Rebels on Wednesday, May 1, but it was the Wildcats calling for a May Day as the game finished up, with CL falling 10-9 to the Rebs.

East Metro teams no match for Wildcat girls lax

The Wildcats kept their perfect season intact with two more resounding wins over East Metro teams last week. Fresh off their win over Blaine, the girls took on Totino-Grace at home and walloped the Eagles.

Good luck with fishing opener!

Here in Minnesota, it seems a foregone conclusion that people love to eat walleye.

Both boys teams battling to trim strokes off their games

Chisago Lakes and North Branch duked it out with Becker for the second through fourth spots in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet at The Ponds Golf Course in St. Francis on Wednesday, April 24.

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Killer ‘B’s: CL Girls Lax topples Blaine & Becker

The Wildcats kept their perfect season going in girls lacrosse with a 16-4 shellacking of the winless Becker Bulldogs on Thursday, April 25.

Vikings fall to Monticello

The Vikings only had one game last week, and it was a tough loss to a really good Monticello team on Thursday, April 25.

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CL High School adopting cell phone policy for next year, use being restricted

Chisago Lakes High School will be following the lead of Chisago Lakes middle school and banning the use of cell phones by students in the classroom setting after a unanimous vote at the regular school board meeting on Thursday, April 18.

Wildcats nearly capture win from Magic at Monticello CC

Chisago Lakes had three of the top four individual finishers in the Boys Mississippi 8 Conference golf meet at Monticello Country Club on Monday, April 22, but that still wasn’t enough to win the meet outright.

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‘Cats off to perfect start

The Chisago Lakes girls lacrosse team has breezed through the first third of their schedule, winning their four contests by a combined total of 67-15.

No microwave pancakes here

For some reason, an argument in our office broke out earlier this week on the right way to make pancakes in the morning (real deep conversations we are having, I know). We have a certain employee who likes to microwave Eggo pancakes, which is of course the wrong way to go about it.

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Chisago Lakes alum conquers Canebrake 200

2012 graduate Kailee Carlson recently finished a 200 mile ultramarathon in Atlanta

Kailee Carlson was never the star athlete in her career at Chisago Lakes High School that spanned from 2008-2012. Sure, she participated in track and field and tennis, but she didn’t make it to the state tournament, or win any major awards.

Vikes shut down by Irondale ace

Patience is a virtue, and it certainly seemed to be the deciding virtue in North Branch’s season-opening 4-1 loss to Irondale on Friday, April 5.

It’s time to get out on the courses

It’s finally golf season! We’ve had some fun moonlighting this winter (spring I guess?) with some tee times in February, but this weekend seems to officially be the start of our nicer weather where courses will remain open throughout the year.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed their time with family, friends and the Easter bunny!

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CL School District eliminating 19 teachers and 10 support staff in cuts

There was an air of uncertainty around the well-attended regular school board meeting for Chisago Lakes on Thursday, March 21.

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Quick whistles and poor shooting doom Wildcats in state quarterfinals

Playoff basketball at all levels typically means a bit more physical game with a few less whistles and a better flow.

Happy Easter to everyone!

I’ve got some extended space this week to really share some of my favorite Easter recipes! I’m hosting my in-laws this weekend for the holiday, and that always makes me nervous because my mother-in-law is a phenomenal cook. She always says she likes my cooking, but sometimes I feel like she thinks she has to say that!

Amador Twsp. wishes fire dept. chief well; budget up 2. 5 percent

Much of the Amador Township meeting centered on the Almelund Fire Department and the changes and upgrades happening within the department.

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The Wildcats conquered Hermantown to advance to just their fourth state tournament in school history

Chisago Lakes is going to the state tournament for the first time since 2016, but it wasn’t without challenges as the Wildcats had to survive a 38 point effort from Hermantown senior Abe Suomis in the Wildcats 95-82 section championship win over the Hawks on Thursday, March 14.

Feelin’ hot, hot, hot

I was in Jamaica a couple of weeks ago, and I tried to immerse myself as much as I could in their local flavors. I had oxtails, plantains, jerk everything, rice, and a whole host of other things that I can’t remember or couldn’t pronounce!

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North Branch gymnast Dakota Esget defended her uneven bars title at state but also added the all around crown

Dakota Esget made history last year, becoming the first North Branch gymnast to ever win a state championship.

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Boys make waves at section, finish second

CL is sending 10 swimmers and divers to the state meet

Chisago Lakes will be sending 10 swimmers and divers to the state meet this weekend after a wildly successful Section 4A meet at John Glen Middle School in Maplewood.

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Kuhlman breaks NB’s scoring record

The Chisago Lakes Wildcats are back on track to earn their first ever uncontested Mississippi 8 Conference championship.

How sweet is spring?

Well, I kind of think we are officially in spring? But it’s still February.

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Chisago Lakes senior basketball star Patrick Rowe has hit a lot of milestones in this season.

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Three gymnasts headed to state

North Branch and Chisago Lakes are in arguably the toughest gymnastics section in the state. Section 7A features five of the top 17 ranked teams in Class A, including three in the top 10, so the competition is fierce and the qualification standards are high.

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For the third straight year, the Chisago Lakes Wildcat dance teams got to compete at the Target Center in Minneapolis as part of the state meet, and they all cherished their experience again, regardless of the results.

Dahl sisters compete at state meet in Biwabik

Maren Dahl had a heck of a state meet on Tuesday, February 13.

A fondness for potatoes

Aly and I were discussing what was going to be on our menu this week, and we got to talking about sides because I seem to always default to some kind of potato.

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Upsets highlight county clashes between North Branch and Chisago Lakes

Viking boys earn revenge while Wildcat girls win second game

The North Branch boys basketball team has had some great spurts of play this year.