2/6/2014 1:45:00 PM Super Bowl - more like Super Flop; head to North Branch this weekend
Hopefully you had plans last Sunday afternoon. Plans like watching your house plants grow, or working on your bonsai tree, instead of watching the Super Bowl. We made a point of staying home, making some really good food and hopefully enjoying a night of television with the family. We were excited to see the commercials as well as what looked to be a great game. It took exactly six minutes to realize the night was not going to be as planned. The game was out of hand before we could put the chips and dips on the counter. The Seahawks were obliterating the Broncos. My kids were happy because we had a small wager on the game and I of course took the Broncos. Our night wasn't lost just yet, we still had the commercials to enjoy. Then they started, no laughs. More came on, no laughs. Clunker after clunker appeared on the television. Oh, there was the occasional tear jerker that pulled at your heartstrings, but for the most part, the entire night was a disappointment. The only good thing we took away from the night was spending it with each other. A nice night at home with just us. Hard to come by these days, but awesome when it happens.
I have had a few emails and calls lately on traffic at the high school. People are wondering why there are no turn lanes or passing lanes on Olinda Trail. The high school is now requiring students that are dropped off to be let off at the PAC doors. How will this affect traffic? I guess we will know sooner than later. Traffic at the high school has always been a hot topic in the community. I can remember when I was in school 50 years ago, people were having the same issues back then. We have more kids in the system now which translates into more vehicles and more traffic. I am not sure if anything will ever be done with Olinda, but I think maybe a passing lane or two could really relieve the traffic issues.
The Press is looking for you. Huh? We are looking for your stories. So many people in our area are doing such great things, we would love to tell the world about them. We always try to write about the positive things taking place in Chisago County, but sometimes we don't hear about a story that would make for great reading. I know that you or someone you know has something wonderful that we can share with the rest of our readers, just let us know. You can contact us at 651 257 5115 or email us your idea at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Saturday, February 15, the Chisago Lakes Rotary will hold its annual Casino Night. Held at Ojiketa Regional Park’s Strom Hall in Chisago City, the setting is perfect for a roaring 20’s speakeasy. There will be casino games such as Texas Hold’em, Blackjack, 3 Card Poker, and dice games. Eichten’s Bistro will supply the Hors d’Oeuvres for the event. There is a cash bar. A live auction and many raffles will highlight the night. I would encourage you to attend the event, it is a great time and you can even dress up if you like. For more info call Bill Mack at 651-402-5429.
If you are looking for something to do locally this weekend, look no further than North Branch. It is their 14th annual Winter Fest. Beginning on Saturday, there are many events for you and your family to take in. There is a vintage snowmobile expo and ride at JJ’s that begins at 9:30. You can take a run or a stroll in the “Freeze Your Bunz 5K” that begins at the Sunrise Prarie Trail at 10 a.m. Bring the kids to Central Park at 1 p.m. for Olympic fun and games. There is a Smoosh Race in the park that begins at 2 p.m. Gather a team of 4 to compete for prizes. There is a chili contest at 1 p.m. at JJ’s Bowl. One of the coolest features this year is the ice scuplting in Central Park. Make sure to bring your camera! There is family skating on saturday and family S’more sliding on Sunday, both with Frosty. Make sure to purchase your Winterfest button. It automatically enters you in a drawing to win $50 and if you find the missing medallion, you will be the owner of $300 cash.