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home : news : news September 14, 2014

County HHS annual report illustrates local condition of economy, social welfare issues
The news out of the county’s Health and Human Services (HHS) Department last week was  easier to take than the weather forecast-- as severe late season rain and hail erupted immediately after the county commissioners adjourned. 
Thursday, September 11, 2014

City park name changed back to Railroad due to policy
What government giveth, government can taketh away...  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ATVs and snowmobiles and just about everything motorized,  drew thousands of enthusiasts to Hay Days, near Almelund Sept 7 and 8. There also is a swap meet and vendor market for do it yourselfers, and demonstrations and open spaces for experts and beginners to try out products.  Drag races for customized snowmobiles are featured on a straightaway and while the sheriff’s department reported no serious incidents, there was roadway congestion as this year’s event seemed to draw extra-big crowds. (The final attendance tally gets submitted to county zoning  regulators later.)  Drag strip useage did extend beyond ordinary hours, as scheduled heats were finishing late, and this will be reviewed.  North Branch Police Chief Dan Meyer mentioned Saturday morning was the worst as far as traffic through North Branch. A “road rage” case is being forwarded for possible prosecution as  traffic back-ups were more than one person could handle,  and there was a no serious injury crash on #95 near the Credit Union,  about 11:45 a.m. Saturday. 
Thursday, September 11, 2014

TF Council proposes higher levy for covering utility, insurance increases
Taylors Falls City Council members have approved a preliminary levy of $638,191 for the budget year 2015. The figure represents an increase of 3.38 percent. But, because the city’s property tax capacity, based on valuation, has improved the tax RATE continues to decline.  This 2015 rate should be 1.58 percent less than 2014.  The council may review and trim the budget further, and choose to lower the proposed levy before a final levy is due in December, but the city is prohibited from raising the levy above the preliminary set.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

'Rugged Maniac' attracts thousands
If the traffic around Taylors Falls seemed more like a stop-and-go fishing opener weekend on I-35, it’s because along with Hay Days taking place on Saturday and Sunday,  there was a special obstacle course competition being held at Wild Mountain last weekend. The official headcount was 3,800 people registered for a “Rugged Maniac” event, September 6, at Wild Mountain Recreation Area near the St. Croix River between Almelund and Taylors Falls. The 3.1 mile challenge is gaining a following and Amy Frischmon, of Wild Mountain, said the event is now firmly on their calendar, and will be taking place annually the Saturday after Labor Day.  More photos inside, on the Outdoors page.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Center City sets 3.3% preliminary levy increase
Center City Council members have agreed to consider a levy increase of 3.3 percent for the budget year 2015.
The levy figures would include $160,000 for the general fund, $32,000 for debt service (related to bonds issued in 2012 for downtown improvements), $17,500 for capital expenditures and $1,000 for economic development. Council may decide to lower the proposed budget and levy before final certification is due in December, but the levy cannot exceed the preliminary number of $210,500.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Shafer City Council receives pay equity audit, bans vandals from parks for 2 years
Shafer City Council met September 2 for a regular meeting.  All were present with councilmember Jesse Keeney's seat still vacant.  With no public hearings scheduled, the council quickly moved to consent agenda.  The motion by council member Dan Vogel passed 4-0.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Authorities ask that you watch for valuable buck
Authorities want the public to be aware of a domestic deer who was reportedly let loose from a penned area a few days ago, near 400th Street, in North Branch.  The deer farmer told authorities the animal has a yellow tag in his ear with the number 1 stamped on the tag.  The antlers have 14 points and the animal is about 180 pounds.  He’s four to five years of age.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Brush With Kindness needs you, 9/11 is etched in us permanently
I have recently joined a group called "A Brsuh With Kindness."  I have written about it a couple of times.  Basically, it is a group of individuals that are committed to improving homes in Chisago County for those who are unable to fix their homes because of trying times.  This group is a faith based group (made up of people from all denominations) that has only the best intentions.  I apologize, but I am having a hard time putting into words how absolutely wonderful these people are and how they give so much of their fee time to helping our brothers and sisters in need.  The company is a non-profit (trust me it’s very non-profit) that functions by donations and the grace of God.  Each year they schedule two separate weeks of work that in those mission weeks, manage to fix up anywhere from 18 to 26 homes in Chisago County.  The work is done by the group and many wonderful volunteers.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get on the bandwagon
What veggie do we harvest in the late summer and early fall?  It’s about cabbage today.  I was reading an article about how cabbage can help prevent many health issues that we deal with in our daily life. I think we (at least many of us) should get on the bandwagon and promote eating cabbage and other cruciferous veggies to help in keeping our health in check.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rep. Barrett removes Homestead status, will pay difference in taxes
Representative Bob Barrett has addressed his property tax payment complications. He now states, after weeks of legal wrangling and declaring that his legal residence is just a distraction created by his opposition,  that he recalls he removed his Homestead status in 2012.
Thursday, September 11, 2014

County 11 bridge set to open late Friday, in time for Hay Days
The contractor doing the replacement of the bridge over the Sunrise River, in Kost, on County Road 11 was to have the bridge open to traffic by 5 p.m. Friday Sept. 5.
Friday, September 5, 2014

Things will be busy around Hay Days site
Hay Days snowmobile grass drag races and motorsports swap meet; with its many thousands of spectators, vendors and competitors,  is underway tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday just outside of Almelund, between North Branch and Taylors Falls. 
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Kids are back in school!
Fresh faces were everywhere Tuesday morning at Chisago Lakes Primary School.  These kindergarteners enjoyed a nice breakfast before beginning their school careers.  Principal Brenda Schell welcomed the students on their first day.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Speaker of the House visits TF on Frac sand concerns
Speaker of the MN House Paul Thissen visited with concerned Taylors Falls citizens and Mayor Mike Buchite Friday, August 29 and walked the downtown to see firsthand  issues with multiple frac sand hauling trucks on Taylors Falls streets.  The group advocated for the state’s Transportation Policy to be taken up by the legislature  and for consideration of some form of redress for economic and environmental impacts from the excessive trucking and/or possible incentives for sand mining operations to utilize rail instead of over-the-road sand hauling.
Speaker Thissen, D-Mpls,  said the visit was helpful for him to learn more about the issues.  Taylors Falls businessman Wade Vitalis helped in scheduling the visit and said the mayors of Taylors Falls and St. Croix Falls are also having a dialogue, although there doesn’t appear to be a comparable transportation policy push in Wisconsin’s state legislature at this time.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

After four years, sewer damages awarded from 2010
The plaintiffs in a dispute over property damages that they claimed were the result of a city sewer backup into their home, four years ago, have finally prevailed.  
The judgment awarded in the civil lawsuit, which was moved to Judge Dyanna Street’s court in Anoka County, to avoid local conflicts, has recently been satisfied.  
Melissa Rust and Jeffrey Kane arrived at their lake house on Mentzer Trail in November 2010,  to find standing water that they said was from a malfunctioning lift station.  The Kane-Rust home is at the lowest elevation from the lift station.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chisago Council agrees to cover half the added police expenses in 2015
Chisago City Council on August 26 approved the city’s share of a budget increase for the Lakes Area Police Department in 2015. The department serves Chisago City and Lindstrom, and police asked both councils last month to consider an increase of 7 percent. Consent from both councils would add $86,500 to the budget, and the primary reason for the raise would be to cover the reinstatement of a 13th patrol position.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Plenty to do in our area this week, 5K, snowmobiles and dancing
This Saturday at Wild Mountain there is something really cool taking place.  They are hosting a “Rugged Maniac” obstacle race.  You are saying “What on Earth is a Rugged Maniac race?”  It is a three mile obstacle course where runners have to climb over and manuever shipping containers, slide down a massive water slide, crawl in underground tunnels, leap over fire, and other suprise elements.  The race is awesome to watch and even better to take part in.  At the end of the race, everyone sticks around for a great party that includes mechanical bull riding, adult bounce houses, dancing and many more games and activities.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

More tomato recipes this week
Is it really September already? I hear that question more often than I care to, but yes, it’s here already... but then you know that. Keep your eyes wide open when the school buses are picking up the young ones. Think good thoughts while you’re waiting behind a bus that is loading our young ones, instead of grumbling about the couple of minutes (if that) that you’ve had to wait for them to get on the bus. Your patience will be appreciated by the bus drivers.
Thursday, September 4, 2014

Lindstrom project to tackle standing water on Andrews Ave.
One of the larger ponding spots on Lindstrom city streets will be addressed with last week’s city council okay for a project at Montclair and Andrews Avenue, behind Casterton Title, CNC Auto and the old Corey gas station.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Council OKs permit, bonding for assisted living
The Taylors Falls City Council has approved a conditional use permit and also authorized tax increment bond financing for an assisted living center to be built west of Mulberry Street, across from Caneday Street.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

City election filings provide surprises as incumbents are being challenged
The elections have been set for cities in the Press readership area.  Friday, Aug 15 was the last day to withdraw a name from the ballots.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wyoming Council approves minor zoning requests in brief meeting
The Wyoming Council last week approved a couple of variances and a two-lot plat and paid the bills and went home.  Ken Tolzmann is dividing a 40-acre parcel basically into halves and wants to extend Hamlet Avenue and create a cul de sac that’s longer than what’s normally allowed.  His house will be on one of the lots.  He got the okay on everything 5-0.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

'Before and After' a project is done
The Lindstrom Park Board would like to say a big THANK YOU to Boy Scout Eli Klatt from Troop 159 for choosing Morning Sun Park as his Eagle Scout Project. For his project he installed drain tile, a drainage field, and replaced the woodchips in Morning Sun Park. This was a much needed improvement to the park as it has had standing water problems. With the record rainy weather in June, which really caused some additional challenges and delays, we have to say an extra thanks for all the hard work! We appreciate all that was done to fix the park and make it useable for all!
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sewer commission no longer pursuing idea of contracting for outside management
With three members absent the remaining six Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commissioners all voted last week to drop pursuit of an outside contractor.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lindstrom council gives peninsula park purchase the OK
It will be a couple months yet before the deal is officially closed; but last week Lindstrom became the owner of a 33-acre entire peninsula on North Center Lake, which will remain undeveloped and used as public parkland.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

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