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February 20, 2018

Family of boy killed on Chisago Lake feels support of hundreds who attend fundraiser
A special fishing party gathered on Chisago Lake last weekend.  Hundreds of people took the opportunity to show their solidarity and empathy for the family of an 8 year-old-boy,  killed when a snowmobile collided with him at night on the lake.  Authorities apprehended the driver of the snowmobile at the scene, who injured himself as he fell or was ejected from the sled himself.  Eric Joseph Coleman, 45, would be taken to the hospital where state patrol oversaw a blood draw and he received medical care.


Friday, February 16, 2018


Moving day for CL School District Office
The administrative offices for Chisago Lakes School District are moving this week, to mall space in Lindstrom, near Broadway and Hwy. 8.  Pictured are Superintendent Dean Jennissen in red-- and Technology Specialist Mike Klun and retired Supt. Joe Thimm who volunteered to help move office equipment and furnishings last weekend.  Building and grounds staff and custodians and others were pitching in as well.  The office space will be remodeled into class and offices for alternative education programs housed now in rented spaces.  Eventually the district main offices will be inside the new elementary school to be built next year, on Karmel Avenue in Chisago City.


Friday, February 16, 2018

New fire chief to lead department, council moving toward financing options on fire hall
The Center City Council met shorthanded last week, with Mayor Houger and Council member Vetter excused.  The council did not shy away from acting on pending important issues, however.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Poll equipment grant helps to upgrade devices
The Chisago County Board heard last week that the county has been awarded about $43,000 from the MN Secretary of State office, to somewhat reduce costs for purchasing new voting equipment. (See Press story Jan 4.)  The county planned for this funding being dispersed and held one preliminary training for election judges,  just before the New Year.  Once the devices arrive county staff will hold additional sessions for hands-on practice.  It is not anticipated the new equipment will be in-use at  township elections in March, however.
Friday, February 16, 2018

With Nolan not running, DFL list of candidates grows
Congressman Rick Nolan put out a statement February 9 announcing he will not run for re-election and will retire at the end of this two-year House term.
Friday, February 16, 2018

County Board disappointed by Rush City clinic announcement of upcoming closure
The County Board agreed last week to send a letter to Fairview Health Services regarding a reported closure of the Rush City Fairview Clinic this spring. 
Friday, February 16, 2018

Shafer City Council promotes supervisor from within, discusses sewer treatment plant's future capacity
Shafer City Council met February 5 for a regular meeting.  All members were present with the exception of City Finance Advisor Richard Hill. 
Friday, February 16, 2018

James Oberstar Trail master plan clears early stage
Longtime District 8 U.S. Congressman, James Obsertar,  died in 2014 and part of his legacy was serving as chair of the House transportation committee. Oberstar had a reputation for  tireless efforts finding ways to promote various modes of transportation, and bicycling was a personal passion.   To recognize his lengthy congressional service, state officials named a segment of Minnesota’s Willard Munger Trail network in memory of Oberstar. The legislature also set in motion a process to create a master plan and that process wrapped-up recently.
Friday, February 16, 2018

This community is so supportive, sign your student up for fishing
If you were one of the hundreds of people that came out to support the Geisenkoetter family after the loss of their son Alan Jr., thank you. 
Friday, February 16, 2018

Comfort food at its best!
It is National Pasta Month so you know what it’s about today. What should I do after draining cooked pasta? The only time you should rinse pasta after draining is when you are going to use it in a cold dish, or when you are not going to serve it immediately. In those cases, rinse pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process, and drain well. For instant pasta you should not rinse it if you are serving spaghetti, or making a hotdish.
Friday, February 16, 2018

Hwy. 8 in spotlight, state bond funding sought
The MN Senate Capital Investment Committee, charg-ed with putting together a legislative bonding package,  sent some of its members on a Highway 8 bus tour last week, ending up at Frankie’s Bait & Marine in Chisago City, where local officials awaited. 
Friday, February 9, 2018

County Board should see revised solar rules soon
Review of the county’s solar array site permitting ordinance made some headway last week; with planning commission members meeting for about an hour with the sole topic on their agenda, an outline of concerns that citizens have brought forward.  Planning Commission Chair Frank Storm said the group should expect to see the final written ordinance at its March meeting and be prepared to hold the public hearing then. 
Friday, February 9, 2018

Comfort Lake/Forest Lake Watershed Dist. managers get partial 2017 summary
The 2017 annual invasives report to the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District Managers was a classic good new-bad news package.  The managers were shown data that points to -- if not total control of targeted invasives-- at least the rate of increase in  species has been slowed. 
Friday, February 9, 2018

Council preps for projected Lindstrom 2018 construction season of growing up, not out
When Lindstrom city officials got together to talk “growth management” last week, the growth on the agenda was strictly “internal.”  City Administrator John Olinger told council at a work session last week that Lindstrom is “growing denser” in 2018, not bigger.
Friday, February 9, 2018

Prayers for the innocent boy killed on the lake, get in the Home Show tab
So as you saw last week, when the paper went to print, we were all still praying and hoping for the best for little Alan Jr., the boy who was struck by a snowmobiler.  As most of you know it is with a heavy heart that I must tell you Alan Jr. has passed away. His injuries were just to severe to overcome. 
Friday, February 9, 2018

B-r-r-r it's cold outside
 B-r-r-r, and that word means something hot for a meal, as in stew, casseroles, soup, a warm bread, such as cornbread, toasted French bread or muffins.
Friday, February 9, 2018

Chisago Lakes Winter Blast bring some fun to the chill of winter!
Area residents got out for the winter at the annual Celebrate Chisago Lakes Winter Blast event, that had activites for adults and kids alike!
Friday, February 2, 2018

Paying it forward, area outdoor enthusiast inspires next generation in softcover book
Rollie Westman’s enthusiasm is still missed in certain circles around here -- be it helping to build support for bike trails, volunteering  promoting outdoor activities, or even his constant presence working the ski hill at Trollhaugen.  And, now some of his spirit has been uniquely captured in a publication he authored that’s available on Amazon. 
Friday, February 2, 2018

Township elections look to be active; LID annual meeting,vote February 5
There is a relatively strong interest in the March Township elections compared to other years.
Friday, February 2, 2018

North Branch Council gives a couple new plats go-ahead
The North Branch City Council last week, minus Council member Robert Canada:  approved two plats, got the city enrolled in the GreenStep Cities program, and okayed purchase of a police patrol car. 
Friday, February 2, 2018

Winter Blast was just that - a blast; stupidity on the lake changed lives
What a great weekend we had for the Celebrate Chisago Lakes Winter Blast.  Finally the weather cooperated and everything was a go. We have really been hindered by either too thin ice or too extremely cold weather.  This year was great, ice was good temps were good everything was great.  I was able to attend most events and they all were very well attended.  The Rotary Casino night was a blast.  They had over 230 people attend the event which was held in Frankie’s Marine showroom.  The polka at Lindstrom City Hall had more than 265 people come out to dance.  The radar run on Sunday was what we are used to - super popular and well attended. 
Friday, February 2, 2018

Fresh or frozen more popular
Friday is ground hog day.  I don’t go along with the shadow thing. I just look out the window and see what it looks like for the day. But that can change in an hour or two. It’s not about hogs or pork today, it’s about one of the green veggies that you like or don’t like or shouldn’t eat due to health issues. It’s spinach today. Americans buy fresh or frozen spinach as opposed to canned as in the days of the “Popeye” cartoon. It is packed with antioxidants and many vitamins, especially vitamin A and C and a lot of iron. If you are cooking or steaming spinach  a squirt of lemon or orange juice will cut down the aroma while it’s cooking.
Friday, February 2, 2018

Child struck by snowmobiler on Chisago Lake dies
Eric Joseph Coleman, the 45-year-old man involved in a snowmobiling incident on Chisago Lake on Friday, January 26, has been charged with criminal vehicular operation, DUI and criminal vehicular operation resulting in great bodily harm.
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Chisago County Road 10/Stark Road Bridge in Harris scheduled to undergo repairs starting Jan. 29
Motorists will encounter a lane closure on northbound Interstate 35 at County Road 10 as crews begin repairs on the Chisago County 10 Road/Stark Road Bridge, weather permitting. 
Monday, January 29, 2018

Meet Chisago Lakes Chamber Community Ambassador
Just a few years ago…well 45 to be exact, Bill and Sue Mack settled into their home in Chisago City, where they still live and thrive today.  Bill had begun teaching math in White Bear Lake two years earlier and Chisago City looked like a great place to settle in and begin life with his lovely bride. Raised in Wisconsin, Bill graduated from Dominican High School in White Fish Bay and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, earning a Bachelor of Science in Math Education.
Friday, January 26, 2018

Gov't Center remodel project unearths interesting artifact
When John Jindra was asked if he could do a project for Chisago County that involved preserving a one-of-a-kind fragile, historic paper map that had been affixed to a wood backing, Jindra;  rubbing his palms together, said his first response was ‘let me at it.’
Friday, January 26, 2018


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