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home : news : news August 20, 2014

Duncan, Rollins win in Primary
Rick Duncan
Rick Duncan
The turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was in the double digits in all but a couple of precincts in Chisago County’s 23 polling places, which ranks this week’s turnout for a local primary fairly strong.  The least number of voters was in Shafer Township Precinct B. There were 34 registered and zero came out to vote.  The Center City precinct registered the highest percentage of voters,  with 81 votes cast of 405 registered voters for a 20 percent primary turnout.
Thursday, August 14, 2014


Motions to bond for roads die; jail vote 'illegal'
Two big-ticket items were on the County Board agenda for discussion last week and it appears neither have any strong political support. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Solar power gaining ground as a shared community effort
Even with heavy snowfall last winter and days- on-end where the mercury didn’t get above zero;  Ed Eichten said there were maybe five days tops when the solar array;  helping to power Eichten’s bison and cheese making farm were under slow-melting snow cover. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last year's champ back at it in his rural Stacy workshop
The 2013 champion of the national Rat Rod Build-off and Cross Country Tour,  Chris Walker, of Stacy, is preparing to defend his title. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shafer City Council proclaims 'Nellie Wilkinson Day', Keeney steps down
Shafer City Council met August 5 for a regular meeting.  The meeting began an hour early because of National Night Out festivities later in the evening.  All councilmember were present with the exception of Jesse Keeney.  The council quickly moved on a motion by councilmember Dan Vogel to consent agenda.  The motion passed 4-0.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

County budget being set for first (preliminary) levy hike in years
County Commissioners last week got a first look at what the budget and finance subcommittee has been considering for next year’s county tax levy.  County elected officials and department heads have come at this with sharp pencils, said County Administrator Bruce Messelt,  and “...everybody shared the pain” putting together what looks to be a 2015 budget anticipating an increase in local levy of about $355,000. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lindstrom natives looking to open new restaurant in Center City; Manor property tabled for further study
Geoff and Cory Swenson, brothers, and Lindstrom natives, hope to open a restaurant in Center City by sometime early in 2015.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ki Chi Saga Days is upon us; small business, budget? We can help!
This weekend is a great weekend to stay local.  I think most of us have had our summer getaways (hopefully) and are gearing up for (gulp) school.  So is there a way to save money, have a blast and do it all from literally minutes from your home?  Ki Chi Saga Days is your answer.  It's local, it's mostly free, it's fun and it's super close.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

I didn't forget about Zucchini
I am going to give you squash recipes. Not winter squash (I don’t want to think about winter) but zucchini and yellow summer squash. I bet you thought I forgot about zuc recipes. Not a chance! The soft-skinned and soft-fleshed squash with a shiny surface, are best when they are six to eight inches long. Larger squash tend to be dry and mealy inside. The entire squash is eaten -- seeds and skin included -- mashed, sauteed, stuffed, baked in casserole dishes and even made into jam (with a little pineapple added to the jam recipe)
Thursday, August 14, 2014

County Parks Director hurt when aircraft crashes at Rush City
Chisago County’s Parks Director Laird Mork, was hurt when his “ultra-light” plane crashed at Rush City Municipal Airport, Saturday August 9.  Authorities were advised the aircraft lifted off about 7 p.m. and then the pilot appeared to lose control and the plane made “a hard landing causing landing gear to collapse,” the sheriff’s investigators stated.  The plane had significant damage.
Monday, August 11, 2014

St. Croix drowning victim identified by authorities
The identity of the man who drowned Saturday Aug 9 while swimming in the St. Croix River, near Frandsen Landing, oustide of Rush City has been released.
Monday, August 11, 2014

Council to act on Park Board peninsula plan okay
Lindstrom Park Board, as a result of working with the Trust for Public Land, voted Monday night to recommend to the city council that Lindstrom should acquire about 1.5 miles of North Center Lake shoreland and the virtually untouched attached former Anderson farmstead, on the north end of Olinda Trail.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Sports complex, farmers' market advances to hearing
A proposal for a huge farmer’s market, flea market, sports complex was first presented to Lent Township officials well over a year ago and now, after refinement and revisions, plus completion of a traffic study and wetlands delineation, there’s a public hearing August 13 at Lent Town Hall on the proposal.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Primary balloting Tuesday; local filings end next week
The city elected office candidate filing and school board filing began July 29. You have until August 12 to file. Contact your city clerk or school district administrative offices to submit your name for the ballot where you live. Most mayoral terms locally are up for election and in most cities there are two city council seats expiring. The school boards have three seats open.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Chamber of Commerce thanks the volunteers
The Chisago Lakes Triathlon was once again a great success. This could never happen if we didn’t have so many wonderful volunteers stepping forward to help out. The athletes are always so appreciative of the cheers, encouragement and direction that the volunteers offer. And the chamber is so grateful to everyone, whether you helped with the Kid’s Tri, Registration, Finish Line, Bike or Run Corner, Water Station, Bike Support or Stuffing Goody Bags. This is terrific for our community and businesses, with many businesses sharing that they had a great weekend. With 1,200-1,500 people coming in for this event, they saw just how unique and wonderful the Chisago Lakes Area is.


Thursday, August 7, 2014

410th Street project awarded and Andersen Windows gets new silo
North Branch City Council voted 4-0 with Council member Furman absent last week,  to order the project for paving and improving a stretch of 410th Street and a several-hundred-foot section of Hemingway Avenue.  


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Local officials to submit solar site permit issues via MN PUC Survey
The MN Public Utilities Commission has decided not to form a “Task Force” to review the application from Aurora Distributed Solar LLC for a site permit that includes solar farm sites in Chisago County.  


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Threshing Show already? Why not take in a picnic? Cast your vote on Tuesday
This weekend is the very popular Almelund Threshing Show.  The show is a trip back in time to when farming ruled our communities.  A simpler (not easier) time where hard work was dominant not technology.  People lived off of the land, and it showed in how they took pride in their farms and their land.  The Threshing Show takes you back to those days.  You will feel like you have traveled back 70 years.
Thursday, August 7, 2014

Nothing quite like green beans
Have you been enjoying fresh green beans as much as we have? Whether or not they come from your garden, roadside stand or the farmer’s market, there is nothing quite like the flavor of this green veggie... except for tomatoes, corn, etc. Here I go, liking every veggie that frows in the garden. Lucky me! About two weeks ago, I picked the first bean. Yes, there was one bean that was ready to pick. I ate it raw! Three days later, I picked enough for two meals. And do you prepare you beans for a meal by cooking or steaming them, draining and tossing them in butter? Well, I’ve been trying some different ways of preparing them. You might like to fix them using one of the recipes for today.
Thursday, August 7, 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

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

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


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