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May 23, 2018

Walker will not seek re-election as county commissioner
Editor's Note: County Commissioner Lora Walker issued the following statement May 10.
Friday, May 11, 2018

North Branch man killed in I-35 crash May 11
Friday, May 11 a North Branch man was killed when his motorcycle crashed with a Ford Fusion in traffic on I-35 about 3 p.m.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Prom was a night to remember for Chisago Lakes students
The Chisago Lakes High School held its annual prom Saturday at Earle Brown Heritage Center. Students took advantage of the nice weather for prom photos.
Friday, May 11, 2018

LAPD contract hurdles being cleared amicably
The Lakes Area Police joint powers agreement that’s been under review for months, is nearing the final draft.  It appears the police services for Lindstrom and Chisago City have been defined and there is an understanding of “base” service and the cities are adding tools to re-calculate cost sharing in the future.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Board welcomes sheriff; expresses trail damage concern
The full Chisago County Board, with Commissioner Lora Walker on Skype,  oversaw installation and the oath of office for new Chisago County Sheriff Brandon Thyen and approved his recommendation that Justin Wood serve as Chief Deputy,  and then the Board handled a brief business meeting.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Center City Council gets request to take over private road and fire hall update
There has been an informal request from Calendar Isle, in Center City, asking the city to takeover the neighborhood’s street system.  The private roadway includes a causeway, that connects the “island” to the Pleasant Knoll-Hwy 8 area,  and council voiced concerns about the condition of this and wanted more information about standards to which the streets are built as well.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Plat, church school charter permit OK'd
A large land area (see graphic) in North Branch was addressed by the city council as a package platting, titled “North Branch Meadows” in approving zoning actions needed to move along a plan to build housing for adults in assistive programs for managing mental health.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Shafer Council says goodbye to fellow council member, purchases new furnace
Shafer City Council met May 1 for a regular meeting. All members were present. The council, after consenting the agenda, discussed the furnace in city hall.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Tell Mom you love her; get your tunics and your cloaks out
This weekend is of course one of the most important days of the year. A time we plan for months, meticulously looking for the right item in store after store. Wondering will this work? What if I fail? Maybe I need to buy another item?  I of course am speaking about... the fishing opener.  Just kidding, I am referring to Mother’s Day.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Warm weather brings thoughts of salad
Yippy, the ice was out on South Lindstrom Lake last week! Reading from the Minneapolis newspaper, the last time the ice went out so late was May 5, 1857. I can hardly believe that someone was keeping records of ice out on the lakes that long ago. I guess I am wrong.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Fox CSG 1 LLC: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact
SUMMARY: The Rural Development’s Rural Business Service (RD-RBS) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request for possible financing assistance to Fox CSG 1 LLC for the construction of a 5 megawatt solar production facility in Chisago County, Minnesota
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wyoming 2 CSG 1 LLC: Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact
SUMMARY: The Rural Development’s Rural Business Service (RD-RBS) has made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to a request for possible financing assistance to Fox CSG 1 LLC for the construction of a 5 megawatt solar production facility in Chisago County, Minnesota
Thursday, May 10, 2018

Robbery response yields two suspects in custody
Lakes Area Police officers along with state patrol, Wyoming Police and sheriff deputies apprehended two male suspects who were suspects in a robbery reported Friday May 4. Lakes Area Chief of Police Bill Schlumbohm reports no other suspects are being sought and any potential danger to the public is passed. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Reported river drowning near dam a false alarm
Lakes Region EMS, Sheriff’s patrol and Taylors Falls firefighter-rescue team were at an address on River Street in Taylors Falls Wednesday, May 2, about  4:15 p.m. responding to a report of a possible drowning.  Sheriff’s Sgt. Shane Carroll said the victim was accounted for in speaking with parents of the children believed to be involved. A young child had thought she had seen her brother fall into the St Croix near the hydro-electric dam.  Thankfully it was a false alarm.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Sheriff steps down, retires as of May 4
Shortly after announcing he looked forward to a third term and would run again for Chisago County Sheriff, Rick Duncan announced late last week he changed his mind. Due to “medical reasons.” he will retire officially as of Friday this week.  Chief Deputy Brandon Thyen,  has been acting in a sheriff’s capacity and is expected to do so until the election in November determines a successor.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Family of overdose victim asks judge to sentence accomplice with eye on her future
Morgan Johnson, 18, of Center City, convicted for third degree unintentional aiding and abetting murder in the opioid overdose death of a rural Chisago City man was sentenced this week.

Friday, May 4, 2018

New feel, new site for Chisago County Relay for Life, happening July 14
The Chisago County Relay for Life event is in the midst of some changes. The event has been moved, to North Branch Outlet Mall, on the west side of I-35 in North Branch.  The Relay for Life is July 14.  Start time is 4 p.m.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Musician - scholar says drummers played an important role
When professional drummer Kelli Rae Tubbs was forming a jazz band a few years ago,  she went in search of sheet music and arrangements she knew the band would need. She lucked-out obtaining a collection from a musician’s estate sale, including 1,100 arrangements.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Remember the car on the ice? The start of something awesome
Wow what a difference a week makes. I can't tell you how many conversations I had last week regarding when the ice will be off the lakes.  The majority (including myself) were all guessing right around opener which is next weekend.  After today, it looks like many of the lakes will reach ice out by this weekend.  It sure is nice to see open water again. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Going light on sodium this week
Today’s column is about health issues that many of us deal with when preparing meals. One is the sodium that is included in so many, many of the foods we eat. Canned foods are loaded with sodium. Did you know or have you noticed the middle and frozen sections of grocery stores have a lot of  food products with a huge amount of sodium listed on the package?  A dietician we recently spoke with tells us to shop the outside aisles first for fresh fruits, veggies  meats, ice cream and whatever else is fresh. Read the nutritional values on canned and boxed food. I’m not suggesting that you not buy any of the high in sodium foods. It’s completely up to you. Many cooking instructions on the packaging tell us to add salt to the water before cooking but I don’t follow that. A relative of ours, who is a dietician, would say if you don’t salt your food you will have the true flavor of it. I know that some salt enhances the flavor but don’t overload on it. Try not having a salt shaker on the table. That probably wouldn’t fly! You could do what one of our daughters has done. She plugged 2 of the 4 holes on the shaker with glue. Her husband never knew the difference as he sprinkled the salt over his food.
Friday, May 4, 2018

Opioid forum puts new light on abuse epidemic, response
The big surprise of the night at last week’s public forum on opioid abuse was from the pharmacist;  who stood on-stage and apologized for healthcare providers helping create this epidemic.   Brent Thompson, of Mora and FirstLight Health System Pharmacy Director,  said pharmacists, medical doctors, emergency physicians-- everybody got swept into a huge campaign of mis-information downplaying the potential of pain-killers to become addictive  and boosting a culture of opioids access and instant pain relief.
Things are changing but not overnight, he continued.

Friday, April 27, 2018

County adopts solar zoning revisions, gets roads update
Chisago County Board met April 18 for a regular meeting.  Commissioner Lora Walker was present via skype.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Lindstrom to host new Renaissance Festival in May
The Renaissance Age is taking over a couple of square blocks of Lindstrom this May.  Don’t be shy.  Spend a few hours surrounded by fantasy and fairies,  music, magic and more. 
Friday, April 27, 2018

Shafer City Council gets news on televising sewer lines, ok's new furnace
Shafer City Council met April 17 for a regular meeting. All members were present.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Use of Beach Park for business turned down
Good idea, wrong location was the message sent to the proponent of a rental boat business, who was turned down for a permit by the Lindstrom City Council last week. 
Friday, April 27, 2018

From parka to speedo in a week, lots to do this weekend
One week.... one week and we are looking at a total opposite landscape.  As I sat crying staring out the window a week ago Sunday, thinking the snow would never end, I envisioned the ice being on our lakes until June 11.  Ok, so maybe I have a flair for the dramatics, but even the most optimistic people have to admit this winter was really long, like interminable, like verbose - like Heinz ketchup - sorry I’m dating myself..
Friday, April 27, 2018

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