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home : news : news August 30, 2016

Sentencing set for Sept. 1 for Rush City man who pleads to unintentional murder
One of two cousins who traded prescribed medications with each other ended up dead...and the cousin still here faces a prison term.
Thursday, August 18, 2016


Sheriff's K9 passes away this week
The sheriff’s K9 dog that had just officially retired in June (Story Press June 9) after giving years of service to the county, has passed away.
Friday, August 26, 2016

Residents power through the weather, enjoy Ki-Chi-Saga Days
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Water & Light to refinance electric operations debt, is considering Premier Pontoon's needs
The North Branch Water and Light utility commission heard about an opportunity to refinance some of its debt and achieve big savings via new, low interest rates on borrowed funds.  But there’s two things holding the commissioners back: the outcome of the November election and the outcome of the November election.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

County levy projected at 3.3% increase, final budget adoption happens in December
The County Board okayed a levy with  a proposed  hike of 3.3 percent for next year, with Commissioner Lora Walker opposed saying she is wanting to see more in Contingency.  County Auditor Dennis Freed tried to assure the Board the county is solid in its fund balances should there be any emergency needs. “Right now I very comfortable” with contingency at $90,000, Freed said.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lindstrom Council in brief....
When residents of Morningside Court, directly across Olinda Trail from the Chisago Lakes High School main parking lot, first started asking about improvements for their L-shaped road;  Barack Obama was starting his first term.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

County commissioners' updates
Efforts to acquire the Schlimmer’s Slough and Eagle’s Nest Point area on Chisago Lake are on-going;  but the sale price isn’t fixed yet and the Trust For Public Land is still working out details.  
TPL has the support of the Chisago Lakes Lake Improvement District Board,  the County Park Board and Lindstrom city council to buy and set-aside the property as a park/open space and conservation area. (Story County Press July 21.) The Chisago County Board last week took no action on the initiative, but commissioners did receive an advisory from the LID reiterating benefits of acquiring Eagle’s Nest.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Register your group for Feed My Starving Children, farmers markets
Thank you all who came out  and paid respects to Herb Jangor Saturday.  I am a bad number guesser, but I would estimate there had to be over 800 people in attendance. Quite a testament to how Herb touched us all. 
Thursday, August 25, 2016

So it shall be zucchinis this week
Did you think I’d forgotten about zucchini recipes? Our kids and I call them zucs, so it shall be! Zucchini have been available for quite some time at farmers markets, road side stands, back yard gardens and also in the grocery stores. You know what they’re all about so I won’t go into that. In the past, I’ve mentioned that I didn’t grow zucchini plants any longer due to not enough room in my little garden. A couple gentleman in the park have been supplying me with all the zucchini I want, which brings me to zucchini recipes, and of course, that’s what it is today.
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Ballots set for November municipal and township elections
The filing period closed Aug 16 for the general election in November for city/township ballots.
Friday, August 19, 2016

Friends gather at the Almelund Threshing Show
A little rain couldn’t stop people from having a great time at the Threshing Show.  The show has become a very popular spot to join friends and family. Many residents choose to camp on-site and spend the entire weekend.  We will have the winner of the tractor give away and the quilt give away in the next edition of the Press.      
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lindstrom downtown building gets a splash of color
Residents came to Lindstrom for the ribbon cutting of the newly painted mural on the Lindstrom Bakery.  Mary Veronica Sweeny (middle in white) is the artist who painted the beautiful landscape of Lindstrom.  Residents were treated to snacks and beverages from Lindstrom Bakery.   
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dad and son see the west from seat of bicycle
Is there anything sweeter than daydreaming about doing something as a kid, and then being able to actually do the thing you had imagined?  John Frischmon says since he was in grade school he has wanted to do a cross-country bike trip.   He originally envisioned riding from his house in Center City to the ocean’s edge on the west coast.  Later on, it hit him that it may be a more practical to have the prevailing winds at his back.  So this summer he decided to do the “quest” from west to east.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

North Branch Council ok's new playground; agreement for interim city administrator­
Central Park in North Branch is slated to get a new playground for half-price.  The bid from MN-Wisconsin Playgrounds, of approximately $49,000 was awarded last week and a $25,000 grant awarded to the city through US Bank will be applied to the project. 
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Shafer Yards idle as talks continue
Like the plot of the film “ A Field of Dreams,” several Chisago County families took the initiative about nine years ago to transform local farmland into a baseball diamond.  Their project, “Shafer Yards” ballfield is on the gravel Teal Avenue in Shafer Township.  It has been one of two home fields suitable for use by the U12 and U13 boys’ traveling teams sponsored by the Lakes Area Recreation Association. LARA coordinates programs for youth in the Chisago Lakes School District.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Independent review of Water & Light Commission conduct tabled until next city council meeting
North Branch Council, with Mayor Hagen Kennedy absent, met in a rescheduled session Aug 11 due to the regular meeting conflicting with the Tuesday Primary.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ki Chi Saga Days!; Goodbye friend
This week is one of the big town celebrations. Ki Chi Saga Days is upon us. Ki Chi Saga Days is Chisago City’s chance to show the public how to throw a community party.  The fun begins Thursday with city-wide garage sales. See the ad in our classified section.  Frankie’s will be holding their fishing tournament and beginning at 5 p.m. there is a cribbage tournament at the Chisago City Community Center. 
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fresh veggies' culinary uses
I’m still in the salad mode. With the crazy hot weather we’ve had, for the last who knows how long, salads seem to be foremost in my selection of what to prepare for lunch or dinner. Fortunately, Bud likes different kinds of salads. With all the wonderful fresh veggies at our fingertips, it’s easy to put together a salad that is nutritious, tasty, filling and colorful. They say color makes it appetizing, and I believe that’s true. It was a bit of a challenge to use recipes that do not have greens as part of the ingredients. Greens was last week’s theme.
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Motorcyclist airlifted from freeway crash near Harris
A motorcycle driver was airlifted from the scene of a crash August 1 on 35 near the Harris exit.  The motorcyclist told state patrol personnel he was losing power on his motorcycle and apparently the lights failed, as the driver and passenger in the car that hit the bike said they did not see him until the were up on top of him.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Threshing Caravan speeds through town
The Threshing Show opens tomorrow and the annual tractor caravan cut through the Chisago countryside on its way to the Threshing Show grounds outside of Almelund, last weekend.  There were dozens of makes and models of tractors, plus a sprayer and some hybrid implements as well.  Family and friends rode along and made their way from just south of the Washington County line, to Hwy. 95;  passing  through So. Chisago Lake Township-No. Chisago Lake Twsp. (rural Center City) on, to the Amador Heritage one room schoolhouse site and finally the show grounds.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

First half of Public Safety Center bonds sold
The Chisago County jail bonding package of approximately $10 million went to bidders Stifel, Nicolaus & Co Inc. along with Suntrust Robinson Humphrey Inc. and BOK Financial Securities Inc.  The recommended low bid out of seven bids received carried an interest rate of 1.8575.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Street work still a 'go' with financing set for 10 year term
Last week the Wyoming City Council agreed to go for a 10 year bond issuance,  for the 2016 Street Improvements Project and heard from the city engineer that the bids were numerous and very positive for the city.  The low bid from Dresel Contracting, Chisago City, was $906,472. 
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Post adjutant to be Grand Marshal
Rick Ekstrand, an active volunteer who has lived in Chisago City for 37 years, will serve as Ki-Chi-Saga Days parade grand marshal Aug. 21.

“(Chisago) is a great place,” he said during a recent chat at his home overlooking Little Green Lake. “I don’t think you’d find a better community where people know each other and help each other.”

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New drug offender sentencing guidelines to be monitored
The first major changes to drug offender sentencing in 30 some years went into effect last week.   Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter followed the last legislative session closely as lawmakers navigated controversial drug offense sentencing guideline changes.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Center City Council briefs...
Local cities are about a month away from needing to certify their maximum levies for 2017, and thus August is a key month for councils to discuss their cities’ budgets for the upcoming year.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

So many choices of salad greens
Today’s column is about leafy greens. There are so many different kinds of greens that we can choose from to make a good salad. You can use packaged mixed greens or just one or two of your favorites. Adding other ingredients to the salad makes a perfect salad to serve  with a meal. We like romaine, leaf lettuce (red or green), iceberg, cabbage (red or green) Swiss chard, spinach, Boston, Bibb and beet greens. I bet you like some of the same. We don’t care for escarole, watercress, arugula, curly leaf, Belgian endives, mustard greens (I like my mustard in a squeeze bottle) and tender young dandelion leaves (I’ll skip that).
Thursday, August 11, 2016


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