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March 23, 2018

County attorney gets guilty verdict on aiding and abetting in 2016 drug overdose
The second of two criminal trials tied to the December 2016 overdose death of Cameron Johnson, 18,  concluded late Friday March 9.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Red Hat Ladies assemble kits
The Blazin Buffalo Belles, Red Hat Ladies, from the Chisago Lakes Area gathered Wed., March 14 to assemble midwife kits at Chisago Lake Lutheran Church in Center City.  Over 25 Blazin Buffalo Belles packaged over 400 newborn kits consisting of; a onesie or infant t-shirt, diapers, Ivory soap, a newborn hat, bath towel, and a receiving blanket that will go to Global Ministries.
Friday, March 23, 2018

GO bonds approved by Center City Council
Following the special session/public hearing held March 13-- to present a plan to borrow for the fire hall project-- the Center City Council has voted unanimously to move ahead.  The resolution was approved unanimously and sets the stage for the city to sell (borrow) $566,000 in General Obligation Capital Improvement Notes through First Independent Bank, a Russell, Minnesota bank that has worked with Center City’s financing advisors in the past. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Lindstrom Council supports bringing trail up Olinda Tr.
Lindstrom City Council, (with Mayor Keith Carlson absent last week) lent official support to the City of Scandia, sending along Lindstrom’s official blessing for MN House File 3127.  The measure, authored by Rep. Bob Dettmer, R-Forest Lake,  addresses land tax classifications that could impact extending  Gateway Trail from Pine Point to Scandia.  The language regarding agricultural preserve parcels was reviewed in the House Property Tax Committee.  The Agricultural Preserve designation normally has an eight year termination period. The bill allows for early expiration for parks and trails purposes.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Motors outlawed in Lindstrom City Parks; Mentzer sewer green-lighted
The Lindstrom City Council met,  minus the mayor, who was excused last week and approved an ordinance outlawing motorized vehicle use in city parks, and this includes snowmobiles. 
Friday, March 23, 2018

Easter is close, this weekend has plenty of events for your children
This Saturday, Chisago City would like to invite you  and your family to their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Food Drive.  The hunt features three age groups each with one golden egg and the lucky finder will receive a basket filled with Easter goodies.  Prizes will be awarded for best decorated baseball hats and bonnets.  There will be games, face painting and the Easter Bunny will be there for photo opportunities.  Please bring a food donation for the local food shelf.  They are also collecting items for “The Birthday Box” which the food shelf can give to people down on their luck to give their families a great birthday party.  They are looking for cake mixes, frostings, cupcake liners, sprinkles, candles etc. If you like, they are also accepting gifts valued at $5-$10 for children.
Friday, March 23, 2018

Easter dishes you might like
The celebration of Easter is approaching soon. If you are hosting a dinner and are thinking ahead to what your menu will consist of, I have recipes for a vegetable  and a dessert you might consider serving.   
Friday, March 23, 2018

Incumbent ousted in Sunrise Township voting
There were a total of 75 votes cast in the Sunrise Township election March 13.  Incumbent Jerry Bjork was re-elected with 63 votes. One write-in vote was cast for Jack Kopp.  Incumbent Deborah Kelleher was defeated by Mark Osland. He received 52 votes to her 23 votes.  These are three year supervisor seats.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Officers recognized for life-saving efforts
Lakes Area Police recognized the Lifesaving efforts of three department officers. Their speedy and skilled response to a January 13 report that Aaron Milles, center, was having a heart attack, proved to be truly lifesaving.  Those receiving their lifesaving pins at last week’s Police Commission meeting were Officers Barwin, left, Officer Kolbow, and VanHorn, right.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Youth who made threats to use firearm at North Branch high school pleads
The 17-year-old male connected to high school shooting threats, and who was arrested February 24 in North Branch, has entered a guilty plea to the felony charge of making terroristic threats.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Shafer City Council moves forward with Paxmar development agreement
Shafer City Council met March 6 for a regular meeting. Council member Brad Swenson was absent. 
Friday, March 16, 2018

Don't miss your chance to advertise in our Community and Visitor Guide
Well it finally looks like we have turned the corner and are heading towards seeing grass again.  What a long cold winter we have endured this season. I love the snow but the 40 below temperatures is what seems to get me and everyone down.  It will be just a matter of time before we are on the golf course and me in my boat not catching fish.
Friday, March 16, 2018

Taking you to the tropics
It’s about pineapples today. We all know what pineapples are and when this fruit catches your eye in the produce department which one would you buy?  Look for the ones that are plump; the larger the fruit the greater amount of edible meat. Gently squeeze the fruit; it should be slightly soft to the touch, yet firm. Sniff the bottom and it should have a sweet smell.
Friday, March 16, 2018

MnDOT announces 35 freeway projects
There is going to be lots of roadwork happening in the Lino Lakes, Forest Lake area this summer and next, and many attended an open house in Forest Lake at the senior center Monday this week to get informed about what to expect.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Menne sentenced to 8 years
One area man has been sentenced to state prison for unintentional murder and  his girlfriend is being tried in connection with the same death this week.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Public makes many suggestions on solar array rules

A handful of proponents of  renewable energy lent their voices to the debate at a county planning commission public hearing March 1, on amending the county’s permits for solar arrays.  Far more people, however,  showed up to contribute concerns about the proliferation of solar arrays, as the seven-member planning commission undertakes a re-write of the county’s solar  permits ordinance.

Friday, March 9, 2018

County Commissioner Lora Walker charged in fatal traffic collision
Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt says the county has no comment on vehicular homicide charges that have been filed in Tenth Judicial District Court in Center City against a county commissioner.   Charges against Lora Jean Waker, 48 of Stacy, alleged causing the death of another while  operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.  Charges by summons were filed March 8 almost one year-to-the-day of a fatal crash on I-35, she is alleged to have caused.
Friday, March 9, 2018

­Home Show was well attended, many thanks aren't enough for Richard
I hope you had a chance to come to the Chisago Lakes Home and Business Expo over the weekend.  I was a bit nervous because our booth numbers were down a bit from last year, but the numbers that showed up to visit the show eased my fears.  We had a really nice turnout and the weather was great. It was so great spending time with readers and advertisers in such a comfortable environment.  Everyone seemed to be in really good spirits.  Thank you for everyone who stopped by to say hi and talk, we had some great conversations about everything under the sun.  Thanks to Bob Meyer, Coreen Agre, Jenny Reed, Wendy Redland, Becky Carlson, Cory Lindgren and Laurie Doughty for all of their hard work on and at the show.  It couldn't take place if it weren't for them.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Suspect ordered held until next court hearing, this week
A teen suspect in an alleged North Branch High School shooting threat was ordered held;  following a hearing to evaluate his release Friday March 2.
Friday, March 9, 2018

Look on the back recipes
Today my recipes come from the back of the box, a soup can, etc. I don’t know about you but when I’m cooking and some ingredient comes from a box or a container, I always check to see if there is a recipe I might like to try. You would be surprised (maybe not) of the recipes I’ve accumulated. Because the recipes are printed on a sturdy container, I keep them in a pile with a rubber band around them in my “back of the box” file!
Friday, March 9, 2018

Wal-Mart searched, felony suspect apprehended after fleeing Wyoming traffic stop
Wyoming, Forest Lake and state patrol, along with area deputies have detained a wanted man who fled Wyoming in a car, pulled over about 3:30 a.m. for headlights out.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Local writer finds Chisago Lakes FFA eager to carry the message of Barnyard Buddies and their wise advice to STOP for Peace
Second and third graders at Primary School in Chisago City were learning about conflict resolution last week with a story read aloud by Chisago Lakes high school FFA students.  This had all the hallmarks of being just a fun storytime, but the message in the lesson was so very important in this era of societal conflict.
Monday, March 5, 2018

Home Show weekend Saturday & Sunday; let's go skiing on the golf course?
This weekend is Home Show weekend.  The weather is supposed to be wonderful, so you can’t use that as an excuse.  This year’s show is packed with some great businesses who want nothing more than to say hi to you and explain what their businesses excel in.
Friday, March 2, 2018

Lakes Area Police agreement sub-committee starts talks on actual Lindstrom proposal
The second meeting of a six-person subcommittee looking into revising the Lakes Area Police department joint powers agreement took place February 20.  Subcommittee member Jeremy Dresel was visible on a monitor and contributed via the Internet, as he was out-of-town.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

County Board: school funding affects economy
School district superintendents were thrilled to find the Chisago County Board is in their corner when it comes to finding equity in state funding streams for schools.  Superintendents for Forest Lake, North Branch, Chisago Lakes districts and the Rush City High School Principal, and St Croix River Education District Director Jamie Nord,  were given time on last week’s County Board agenda to discuss the seemingly-unsolvable problems with school funding in Minnesota.
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Radio upgrade made optional; costs trimmed
The outcry from Chisago county law enforcement and firefighters opposing a new fee schedule recently associated with emergency radios was immediate, and the county board’s response has been equally as swift. 
Thursday, March 1, 2018

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