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Superior Silica Sands tells city officials to 'suspend' dealings
The on, then off-and then on again Superior Silica Sands transloading project is off again.  North Branch city council at Monday’s city council meeting announced that the company is pulling away from the negotiating table. City Administrator Bridgitte Konrad reports the city received notice around mid-week last week from Superior Silica Sands officials that the permit process for a potential SSS facility in North Branch looks to be delayed until February 2015. 
Friday, August 1, 2014


Stacy area resident killed on I-35
The MN State Patrol is reporting that a Stacy area resident died in a single-vehicle rollover crash on I-35 July 29, about 9 p.m.  The victim is identified by authorities as Sao Vang, 74.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Threshing Show caravan 23-mile route starts in Scandia, August 3
Come join a relaxing ride, on a scenic 23-mile route through rural Minnesota.
Leaving from Country Weddings at Eko Backen, 22570 Manning Trail, Scandia August 3.

Friday, August 1, 2014

SEALS memorial being erected
A corner of Chisago City’s Moberg Park is being redeveloped in advance of a special event planned for Sunday, Sept. 21, when U.S. Highway 8 through Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City will be dedicated as the Nicholas Patrick Spehar Memorial Highway.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Senior dining; councils asked to support meals availability
At city council meetings across the south half of Chisago County,  local elected officials are being asked to support a pre-drafted lettter, worded to impress upon the Central MN Council on Aging the importance of maintaining a senior citizen congregate dining site.


Friday, August 1, 2014

CLJSTC deals with special connection request and more
Houses are beginning to be built again out in the country, and the Joint Sewage Treatment Commission members last week got the first of what could become frequent requests, for wastewater hook-ups of single homesteads, not within a city sewer network.  


Friday, August 1, 2014

Relay for Life touches many
A cancer survivors' lap around a track at the Almelund Threshing Grounds begins Chisago County's Relay for Life in 2014. Cancer survivors have the option to identify themselves by wearing purple event t-shirts.


Friday, August 1, 2014

State representative's legal residency being scrutinized
The MN Supreme Court is being asked to delete an incumbent House member’s name from this fall’s general election ballot based on the a citizen questioning legal status of hthe candidate’s  residence.  


Friday, August 1, 2014

Arts community looks to create home in former Wyoming church
“...as imagination bodies forth the forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing, a local habitation and a name.”
  from Shakespeare A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Friday, August 1, 2014

Center City Days this weekend; triathlon was uneventful - and that is a good thing
Well another Chisago Lakes Triathlon has come and gone.  I can not believe that it has been nine years since our first event.  Where has the time gone?  We have seen some amazing things take place at the event.  We have seen participant numbers balloon beyond belief.  We have seen a participant win it six years in a row (I am speechless).  We have seen a blind person participate.  We have seen our good friend perish in an auto accident.  You name it, we have seen it.  This year's event was just as I hoped it would be - non-eventful.  The weather was as cool as I could remember.  A few rain showers that the runners seemed to enjoy.  And a breeze that the bikers did not seem to enjoy.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Let's hear it for blueberries!
It’s time for blueberry recipes. These days, it seems you can’t say enough about the health benefits of blueberries... bluebs, as our kids called them when they were young, and they still do and so do I. Did you know that much of their nutritional power lies in their color? That deep blue color is caused by flavonoids -- natural compounds that protect the brain’s memory-carrying cells (neurons) from the negative effects of oxidation and inflammation. Y’know, I’m never sure what flavonoids, free radicals, carotene, etc., mean in everyday language. Now I know what flavonoids are and what they do. I’m clipping that part out of this column and ‘push-pin’ it on my corkboard! All I need to remember is they protect the brain’s memory. Let’s hear it for bluebs and flavonoids!
Friday, August 1, 2014

Parmly LifePointes Sewing Group gives large donation
The Parmly Studios of Art  ladies group has been hard at work.  They may call themselves ‘The Old Sew and Sews’…but make no mistake, these gals are efficient, extremely talented and dedicated.  And, now they are spreading their great work to four needy organizations to bring comfort.  They recently completed 33 quilts and blankets, 10 pillow cases and 15 hand-made dolls to give to Gillette Children’s Hospital in St. Paul, the Foster Home of Cambridge, The Refuge and a project called ‘Project Linus’.  
Friday, July 25, 2014

Bonding, jail vote to be brought to fore on upcoming agenda
County Commissioner Mike Robinson and Commissioner Lora Walker both made agenda item requests last week to have a couple of highly controversial issues discussed at the County Board session August 6.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wyoming giving citywide street fund one more try
Wyoming City Council voted 4-1 last week to try again for voter approval to proceed on streetwork  with a citywide levy.  Voter approval is necessary when a project is being proposed to be covered with less than a 20 percent assessment against benefitting property owners, explained City Attorney Mark Vierling. 
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shafer City Council handles city business
Shafer City Council met July 15 for a regular meeting.  Council member Jesse Keeney was absent due to prior comittments. With no public hearings scheduled, the council quickly moved to consent agenda.  The council passed the motion 4-0.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Moody barn and house no longer Historical Society's responsibility
The end of an agreement between Chisago Lake Township and the Chisago County Historical Society is leaving one landmark property in an uncertain status.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wyoming has a new cell tower code
In addition to the lengthy public hearing last week (see Wyoming streets pg 1), the Wyoming City Council also had other business.  Council approved a new cell phone tower ordinance, clearing the way for a Verizon tower permit to be processed.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lindstrom City Council briefs...
The Lindstrom City Council meeting last week mostly involved discussions and updates on various matters-- with very few motions voted on.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

You could help a local child in need, this is a wonderful time to advertise here
There is a beautiful little girl from Chisago City who is in dire need of our help.  Estefani Hanson recently was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that attacked her bladder.  There is currently not a cure for this type of cancer.  Estefani is a Chisago Lakes 7th grade student with other siblings in the school system as well.  Her friends have put together a Cut-A-Thon to help the Hansons pay for her treatment (she is receiving traditional treatment as well as homeopathic treatment which insurance does not cover).  On August 1, from 4:30 to 9 p.m., Designers Salon in Chisago City will be cutting hair for free.  All they ask for is a good will donation to be donated to the Hansons for Estefani's fight.  Along with cutting hair, there will be burgers, hotdogs, chips and pop for sale to help fundraiser. There will also be a bake sale and a terrific raffle that includes some great gift baskets.  It breaks my heart when you see a child afflicted by any disease. We have supported other families in the area over the years, let's rally behind the Hansons.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Making summer sweeter
There are a lot of fruits that make summer sweeter and one of them is raspberries. For snacks, salads, sauces, desserts, jams and jellies, these berries can hardly be beat. The small, soft-textured fruit is among the most flavorful and fragrant. I don’t know which fruit has the best aroma. Is it strawberries, peaches, cherries, cantaloupe, nectarines or raspberries? The fresh fruits of summer are a part of almost all of our meals and on a scale of one to 10, all of them get about a 15. So it’s raspberries today.
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Karl Oskar Days a success for everyone
The 2014 Ambassadors, Caitlin McCallum, EmmaLeah Trandahl and Lillian Meierhoff pictured with new Junior Royals Daniel Christensen and Kylie Slettom. More Karl Oskar Days pictures can be found on the Chisago County Press's Facebook page!
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Talks underway on land sale to Superior Silica
The handful of people attending Monday night’s North Branch City Council meeting heard from acting Mayor Joyce Borchardt and city staff about the process for bringing the proposed Superior Silica Sands project to council. (Mayor Lindquist and Council member Furman were absent.)
Thursday, July 17, 2014

A community re-visits Civil War sacrifice

In just 10 years of residing in Taylors Falls Dr. Lucius B. Smith became such an integral part of town history that even 150 years after his death,  there are still people coming together and remembering the spirit of the man.  
Lucius Smith came to Taylors Falls in 1853.  His drugstore and doctor’s office was in a building partway up the hill from the river (across from the Old Jail B & B.) He also served one term as mayor, according to local historian Fay Caneday. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Relay for Life Honorary Co-Chairs from North Branch and Lindstrom
Brittany Peterson of North  Branch and Pat Kennedy of Lindstrom are the 2014 Honorary Relay for Life Co-Chairs in Chisago County.
Brittany was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012, one of the youngest persons in this state with no history of risk factors such as a family history and no environmental risks or habits such as smoking. With the support of her dedicated husband and parents, she went through six surgeries and several immuno-therapies at the University of MN.  Since January 2013, she has dropped from being considered high risk to now being a low risk for the return of the cancer. She has to only go through one more precautionary therapy in the next few months and is feeling great, she says.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Karl Oskar Days had a huge turnout, two more big events coming - Co. Fair and Tri
What a great weekend for a celebration!  Karl Oskar Days was a huge success this year.  There were people everywhere.  Saturday was a zoo, wether you were running in the Loppet or in the park, it was a madhouse.  It was absolutely wonderful.  I spoke with two food vendors, they both said this was their best weekend (dollar wise) of the year so far.  The dance was packed,  the parade had a great turnout and the human foosball was a huge hit. 
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Strawberry and rhubarb together
We’ve had recipes for strawberries and rhubarb in previous columns and today I’m going to combine both of them in each recipe. I hope there are strawberries available at the berry patches or in your garden, but if not, you can buy them in the grocery store of course. Rhubarb? If you don’t grow it, perhaps a friend or neighbor will share some with you. I was asked if I had recipes using them other than in desserts, salads or jam and jellies. I’m sorry but I don’t.
Thursday, July 17, 2014


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