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home : news : news February 19, 2017

Lindstrom Council orders Park snowmobile to halt

Lindstrom City Council this week unanimously directed staff to immediately post as closed, the snowmobile trail recently cleared through the city’s wilderness park, Allemansratt.


Friday, February 17, 2017


WinterFest didn't let some warm weather ruin any of the fun
Pictured: Britta Anderson, Chloe Myhre, and Anna Olund, Midsummer Days Ambassadors did raffle ticket sales duty at last weekend’s Winter Fest in North Branch.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Parmly set to close adult daycare that opened 40 years ago
A new adult daycare opened at the Senior Center in North Branch, as of Monday February 13.  The timing, according to an area senior services resource spokesperson,  was absolutely coincidental to the closing of the adult daycare program at Parmly Lifepointes,  in Chisago City, at the end of this month. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Outlook Clinic; one of four in east-central MN serving public, no-strings-attached
For almost 20 years Outlook Clinic has been a not-very-visible haven for people needing help with diseases related to sexual activity, or those seeking help with family planning.  Outlook Clinics have enjoyed a great relationship with Fairview Healthcare facilities in Chisago City and North Branch, and clinic patients were seen inside the Fairview sites. 
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Campaign complaint, filed by Greene's County Board challenger, is dismissed
The complaint filed with the state Office of Administrative Hearings by a challenger for County Commissioner against Rick Greene, has been dismissed.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Chisago County takes pride in being dubbed 'Solar Capitol of Minnesota'
Solar energy has had a few strong years-- especially in Chisago County-- while an estimated 50 percent of the U.S. coal fired plants have closed since 2010.  Tax and investment incentives and local cooperative projects between traditional energy distributors and the solar generating industry have resulted in solar power becoming part of the local landscape.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Center City Council learns of new liquor store application
Center City has been without an off-sale liquor store since Jan. 1, when a shop closed in the Swedish Village Mall. City staff knew to expect the closing after owners of that store had declined to apply for an annual liquor license renewal. However, residents could see another bottle shop opening in Center City by late spring.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Casino night was a blast, our local government is great, now hiring
My wife and I had a chance to go to the Chisago Lakes Rotary Casino night on Saturday.  The event was held at Ojiketa Regional Park in Strom Hall.  The theme was James Bond and just about everyone was dressed as a Bond character or villain. The event was catered by Eichten’s and it was fabulous.  The night was so much fun. We ate, drank, and gambled for hours. We are not gamblers, so to gamble with fake money made it that much more fun.  The Rotary did such a great job to coordinate the event.  Everyone there had a blast.  If you get a chance next year to attend the event, I highly recommend it.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Coffee better with coffeecake
I am going with recipes using cream cheese today. This type of cheese is really an American original having been developed over a century ago produced commercially  by a farmer in upstate New York. It was first used only as a spread on breads, toast or crackers. No one had thought of using cream cheese in recipes until the mid 20’s.  It was in 1928 when Kraft first published a recipe folder which included a recipe for its new “Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cake.” This all-time favorite has been renamed the “Supreme Cheesecake.”  Now you will find the creamy cheese in dips and spreads, salads, sauces, creamy soups, candies, pies, chocolate desserts, coffee cakes, etc.
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Neu wins special election, Waldoch in
In Tuesday’s special election the voters seated Anne Neu of North Branch, to the 32B MN House District.  The vote totals were Laurie Warner 3,327 and Anne Neu 3,789. There were 25,202 registered voters in this district as of election day, Feb 14, according to the Office of the Secretary of State.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Beloved area educator recognized for 40 years of elected school board service
It’s been said that when one door closes, another door opens. Chisago Lakes School Board Member Jerry Vitalis knows just how that works
Thursday, February 9, 2017

288th township-city project ok'd sewer extension eliminated
Monday this week was the deadline set for property owners, affected by the controversial 288th Street project, to express any interest in being annexed into the City of Lindstrom.  Monday night a special session of the city council resolved the on-going debate over the extent of this project.  On a 5-0 vote the council decided  work will be proceeding minus installing the municipal sewer portion.
Thursday, February 9, 2017

County Board opposes two Dist. 1 appointees

A majority of the Chisago County Board derailed the appointment of a citizen to the county’s Extension Service Committee mainly because of her alleged facilitation of what the commissioners view as an offensive Internet/Facebook site.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Casino Royale comes to Ojiketa; dance team is headed to state!
This saturday at Ojiketa Regional Park, the Chisago Lakes Rotary Club invites you to their annual “Casino Royale Night”.  The event is a fundraiser for the club and promises to be a blast. 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bring sunshine into your cooking
tI am going to talk about another citrus fruit that brings sunshine and a refreshing aroma into our kitchens…lemons.  I have a book called “Kitchen Wisdom” that has a ton of information from A to Z about fruits, veggies, eggs, cheese, etc. 
Thursday, February 9, 2017

Franken makes stop with Rep. Nolan, to motivate volunteers
Eighth Congressional District Representative Rick Nolan and U.S. Senator Al Franken visited Lindstrom, January 29. 
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wilderness park trail creating conflict
Lindstrom City Parks Commission and the city council can expect to be mediating a snowmobile trail that has Allemansratt Park Friends and supporters upset.  The park lies on the shores of North Center Lake, in between North Lindstrom Lake and County Road 20, and was established as a “wilderness park.”  City officials agreed it was not to be used by motorized recreation seekers.  The small idyllic lake within the park boundary--Bull Lake-- was marked and designated no motors.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebration of the Lakes still shines despite weather issues
These folks were having a blast snowshoeing by candlelight at Ojiketa. It was part of the Celebration of the Lakes fun.
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebration was great despite the cancellation; Home Show is next
Well the Celebration of the Lakes has come and gone. Once again, we were at the mercy of Mother Nature.  We unfortunately had to cancel a few of the events including the big one, the snowmobile radar runs.  Most people would say, "Why bother with the celebration if stuff is cancelled?"  To them I would say "Come out and see how the celebration is even with events cancelled".  I was out there all weekend long, and the crowds that were there were having a wonderful time.  People are still searching for a reason to get out and enjoy our area during the winter months. The weather was great and I didn't see anyone freezing their snowpants off.  We are always looking for new events to add to the celebration to make it even better, so if you have an idea or two, please share it with Wendy and Lori at the chamber. 
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Peak season for navel oranges is now!
We are in the season of citrus fruits and I’m going to use the fruit that looks like the rising sun or setting moon, contributing bright color and refreshing flavor to our meals. This would be oranges. We can use them in beverages, marinades, main dishes (particularly chicken and pork dishes), salads, desserts, sauces and eating out of hand. This may sound a bit strange, but I’ve been having a scoop of low fat cottage cheese alongside half an orange, cut in small pieces. There are just 90 calories in a half cup cheese, protein, calcium with vitamin C and fiber in the fruit. Maybe a slice of toast spread lightly with peanut butter on the side. Sounds like a good, nutritious breakfast to me. Be sure to wash fruits and veggies before eating them, whether they have a peel or not. Who knows what’s been crawling around the fruit and veggies before eating them!
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review of new fire hall begins in work session; survey of pro-annexation parcels starts
Lindstrom City Council met January 18 for an informal work session.  The meeting was to address future projects in the city. All members were in attendance, with temporary council person William Schlumbohm filling the vacancy from Joe Wishy’s passing, until a special election Feb 14.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Chisago City Council fines establishment for alcohol violation
The Chisago City council spent part of its first meeting in 2017 reviewing licensure status for a restaurant accused of violating the minor consumption laws. In an incident at the city’s Don Julio’s location late last summer, officers were dispatched to the business mid-afternoon Aug. 29 following an anonymous call to the Lakes Area Police Department.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ecumen receives new quilts from The Piecemakers Quilt Guild
The Piecemakers Quilt Guild, Rush City recently presented new quilts to the Ecumen-North Branch senior housing and care campus.  The Guild members who are pictured include:  Michele Buck, Jana Connor, Ilene Olson, Gladys Enzenauer, Bev Anderson, Karen Guthmueller.  There are a few guilds that meet and call themselves  “Piecemakers” in the state, including Owatonna and Ham Lake.  The group that is active locally gets together at the senior center in Rush City and dues are $10 per year.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rose Hill site OK'd to annex into Lindstrom
The former Rose Hill Resort comprised of 4.47 acres,  was voluntarily annexed into the City of Lindstrom, during the city council meeting January 19.  This is the first step towards a development project.
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Middle School volunteers as meal servers
The servers Monday Night, at Zion Church Community Meal, were instructors from Chisago Lakes Middle School. The dinner program, which serves a free meal every Monday beginning at 4 p.m. at Zion Church on Old Towne Road in Chisago City, extends a thank you to:  Cole O; Steve O.; Jodi O.; Jody B.; Emma B; Jim S.; Jim G.; Tom T.; Pat C.; Becky B; Jessica R and Sally L.  In December serving was provided by volunteers from Lakes Free Church and National Honor students. In January along with the servers pictured above, thanks also go out to Lindstrom American Legion Auxiliary and more National Honor Society students.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Three file for two expiring LID Board seats, voting Feb. 6
The Lake Improvement District annual meeting is February 6, 6:30 p.m. at the Government Center in Center City. On the agenda is election for LID Board members-- there’s two seats expiring and three people have filed, according to LID and Chisago County Water Resources Administrator Jerry Spetzman. 
Thursday, January 26, 2017


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