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home : news : news December 9, 2016

New cemetery clears planning hurdles, permit to be on future county board agenda
Homeowners with houses on large country lots and who enjoy looking out their windows on cows grazing and row crops being tended, spoke at a public hearing December 1 opposing a “disturbing” view of white gravestones where rows of corn and beans should be.
Thursday, December 8, 2016


Township to oppose 288th annexation, trail cost sharing
Chisago Lake Township supervisors met in special session Tuesday this week and agreed to fight Lindstrom;  should the city initiate any hostile annexation process of an area of the township tied to a cost-sharing dispute of a walking trail-road improvement project.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Searching for a soul mate makes for fun theatre
“The Bunker” inside the Forest Lake American Legion Post, is at face value,  just another vinyl-floored event room.  But, the lights go down, the warm bodies in the seating area grow hushed and the stage takes on its own special energy-- and this year’s very un-stereotypical Masquers Theatre holiday production becomes an intimate theatre experience.  For a couple of hours you are inside the magic and so close to the actors it’s uncanny. 
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Community Ed gets in the Christmas cookie spirit!
Chisago Lakes Community Education offers a holiday coookie baking session in a school kitchen, and you don’t have to clean up, plus you get a bunch of different cookies at the end of the day?  There were 11 people registered and some are pictured baking up a ton of goodies last weekend.  The group made 10 cookie recipes, which are divided out for each person to take some home.  Watch for the Community Ed brochure or go on-line to sign up for the 2017 holiday season.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Chisago City throws a Christmas Party!
One of these little guys' didn't like his visit with Santa Claus, but most did during Chisago City's Tree Lighting festival!
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas time means there is no shortage of great family events
I hope you had a chance to come out to one of the many tree lighting festivals that took place over the weekend.  I made it to two of them with my family.  What an awesome small town feel these festivals had.  Kids everywhere,  anticipating Santa and when they came they did not disappoint.  In Lindstrom, Santa arrived on the back of the Lindstrom Fire Department’s air boat.  It was quite an entrance.  In Chisago City, Santa arrived on a sleigh that was pulled by a pickup truck that was decked out to look like Rudolph. Bill Mack of Mack Landscaping was kind enough to decorate his truck for the event.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jazz up your pork chops
It’s about pork today. I have just a few pork tips to share with you before I do recipes.
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lakes Area Police Department transitioning into new era
Lakes Area Police Department will be under new leadership as of January 2017,  but the transition is  not expected to make any waves. As Chief Kevin Stenson steps aside, “the other chief” Bill Schlumbohm has already been approved (and actually sworn-in) by the Police Commission. 
Thursday, December 1, 2016

TF opens holiday season with Lighting Festival
Folsom House in Taylors Falls was decked-out for the holidays, and all hands were on-deck to greet visitors.  Come January there may be a special mystery dinner event at Folsom House, watch for details. 


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lindstrom to hold council election as part of Feb. 14 special election
The seat attached to candidate Joe Wishy, on the Lindstrom City Council, will be on the ballot for a special election February 14, 2017.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Chisago City Council handles annual business
Chisago City staff during the council’s Nov. 15 meeting submitted delinquent utility customers that owed $300 or more without a recent quarterly payment.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

TF was great, lighting festivals will be everywhere this weekend
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Taylors Falls Lighting Festival.  It was a beautiful night for a parade, and judging by the number of people that lined the streets, everyone was thinking the same.  The city was filled with people, every piece of sidewalk was taken by parade watchers.  Taylors Falls does such a great job of keeping everyone entertained, wether they are watching a parade, playing bingo, or taking in a Christmas concert.  If you have never been to TF for the festival, put it on your calendar for next year.
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sweet potatoes prepared three ways
It’s about sweet potatoes this week.  I was shopping in the produce department at Brink’s last week and was putting six or seven sweet potatoes in my cart.  A women standing next to me was doing the same thing. I asked her if she had ever baked a sweet potato as you would a white baking potato.  She had and proceeded to tell me another way to prepare them. This is her directions:  Wash and peel the potatoes, cut them in about 1/4 –inch strips (as you would a French fry). Put them in cold water for a few minutes; drain and put them on paper towel to absorb the water from them.  Place them on a lightly oiled baking pan, using olive oil.  Put potato strips on pan so they are not touching. Brush lightly with olive oil.  Bake at 375 degrees 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. From the horses’ mouth….they are really good!
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Second graders disguise turkeys to be spared on Thanksgiving
Second graders from the Primary School were tasked with disguising turkeys for the holidays so they wouldn't be eaten. Here are some of the ideas they came up with.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Split vote by County Board requires sled dogs to be 'kenneled'
The permit application for an Interim Use at 13645 River Road in Sunrise Township;  proposing 55 sled dogs on a rural lot-- ended up being revised last week by the county commissioners, and adopted on a 3-2 vote. 
Thursday, November 24, 2016

NB Water & Light gets back to its work on up-note
North Branch Water and Light Commission members weren’t sure what they’d be confronting at their regular November 15 meeting. The  referendum on abolishing the utility had taken place November 8 and the utility group could have been facing a lot of work to dissolve or they’d be staying the course on active projects and service. 
Thursday, November 24, 2016

There's no line between classroom and community for 2016 Royal Lady
For several years now Sheila Sandell, a third grade teacher at Taylors Falls Elementary School, has engaged her kids in the  town’s Lighting Festival and made it a memorable 360-degree experience.  This year it will be extra fun to see the faces of her third graders when they catch sight of her leading the Lighting Festival Parade,  in her Royal Lady red velvet robe.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Reserve energy audit now, solar installations underway
In coming days, Jim Stein, owner of Stein Insurance on mainstreet Lindstrom, will be producing his own solar electric power atop his building and be on the path to electric self-reliance.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lindstrom City Council hears 288th Street project talks are looking fruitful, township to meet Dec. 6
The lack of consensus between the township and the city of Lindstrom on how to proceed with roadwork and improvements in the area of 288th Street is beginning to narrow. At last week’s city council meeting Township Supervisor Sherry Stirling listened as council was updated on a series of on-going negotiations and she stated at the end of the summary, “We think it’s do-able.”
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Shafer City Council discusses flags, certifies election results
Shafer City Council met November 15 for a regular meeting.  All members were present.  With no public hearings the council then opened the floor to Brenda Palmquist.  Palmquist was there representing America’s Best Communities. Palmquist sits on the Arts, Culture and Tourism committee.  She said the committee was trying to find a common brand among towns and cities along Highway 8.  She passed out some plans of flags that would be installed on light poles in each municipality.  Palmquist said there would be four in Shafer and Center City and six in the larger cities such as Lindstrom and Chisago City. The committee is hoping to have the flags up by early February  and the size of the flags will be 24” wide by 48” tall.  After a brief discussion as to who owns the light poles in Shafer, Mayor Dan Vogel assured Palmquist they would have poles for the flags and were excited to get them.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Do NOT spend Thanksgiving alone; Taylors Falls lighting
I know the bulk of you will get this on Wednesday, so I will say it again.  If you are going to be alone on Thanksgiving, please listen to me.  You do NOT have to spend Thanksgiving alone.  The great folks that put on the FREE community Thanksgiving meal would love to spend some time with you.  The dinner will begin serving  at 12:30 and runs until 2 p.m.  I have been part of this dinner for years, and I can personally guarantee that the food you will be eating is top notch and absolutely wonderful tasting.  There are no speeches, it is just a great relaxed, warm atmosphere with great people.  I hope to see you there.  They do ask that you please reserve a spot so they make enough food. Please do so by calling 651-257-6300.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

All about turkey, of course!
Thanksgiving Day is very near….like tomorrow, if you are in the area where the Press is delivered.  I’m not doing much talking today because I presume you know it will be about turkey “planned over” recipes.  However, here’s what you can do if you have made more stuffing than will fill the turkey.  A couple suggestions: In a greased, covered casserole dish during the last 45 minutes while the turkey roasts, put the stuffing in the oven, or put it in a foil packet next to the bird in the roaster pan, or in a casserole dish in the microwave.
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Two hurt in North Branch crash
Things got a little snarled in front of County Market, at Flink Avenue, the result of a three vehicle crash Tuesday this week, about 3:15 p.m. Traffic coming south on Flink towards the shopping mall intersection area,  was detoured well north of the scene, to the west and back onto #95 by the church.  According to the state patrol, a Mazda wagon driven by Carole Jean O’Neill, 79, of Cambridge went through the intersection’s red light while westbound on #95  and her car struck two cars.  

O’Neill and Jo Ann Peterson, 69, of North Branch-- who was driving a Chevrolet Impala-- were transported to Wyoming Hospital.  The third vehicle involved according to the state patrol was a Silverado, driven by Alexander Dean Skoog, 19, of North Branch. He and passenger Benjamin Allen Skoog, were not seriously hurt.

Friday, November 18, 2016

No takers yet for in-pharmacy disposal of waste meds; law enforcement preferred
The federal Responsible Drug Disposal Act was passed in 2010 with ground game implementation rules adopted in 2014.  It was the foundation for a Minnesota law, effective May 2016 adding an option for disposing of unwanted meds, and giving local pharmacy outlets authority to voluntarily collect and dispose of waste medications.
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Local veterans honored on special day
Area Veteran Jim Hudspeth was the subject of kids’ attention, at Taylors Falls during the school’s annual Veterans’ Day event. He is being greeted with a handshake from Jace Schrankler.  More school related Veterans’ Day event photos inside.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Overall voter turn out steady even with double-early-vote
Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer Dennis Freed said his staff spent the final two weeks leading up to this election night working on basically nothing else but  early ballots and related tasks,  so that this maiden voyage of no-excuse absentee voting would run smoothly.
Thursday, November 17, 2016


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