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City council sees utility study, hears pros and cons for Water & Light consolidation
In the midst of its 75th year, North Branch Water & Light is getting a lot of attention in town; but not because people are celebrating this milestone. There’s an upcoming ballot question that will  have North Branch residents deciding if the utility should be abolished or not.  Everybody will vote-- you don’t have to be a utility customer. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Charges were filed Wednesday October 19 against a Pine County man who once taught in Rush City High School. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Alzheimers front-liners meet with Klobuchar
North Branch has been an “ACT on Alzheimers” city for a couple years now;  so when U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar had some time in her schedule she made a point of stopping by North Branch to  learn more. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ready to get scared? This community made a big difference in the world
As we near  the election...er I mean Halloween, there are a few events and places for your family to take in for some fall fun. 
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Winter squash: desserts to casseroles
We are in the season of winter squash…….acorn, butternut, buttercup, hubbard and more that I don’t know about as there are so many shapes and sizes to choose from. Their hard to cut through so be careful when you’re cutting them. When cut, I use an ice cream scoop to scrape out the seeds and stringy flesh.
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Highway 8 traffic change begins Oct. 18
Motorists should be aware of a traffic change on Highway 8 between Shafer and Taylors Falls while crews work to complete the roundabout at the Highway 8 and Tern Avenue intersection.
Monday, October 17, 2016

Kids showed off their best costumes at Relay for Life
The Relay for Life was held October 8 and with the change in date to later in the fall-- kids attended in their Halloween costumes.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

North Branch advised state won't 'intervene'
In a swift response to a request from North Branch City Council members, the Director of Licensing and Enforcement for the MN Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) has notified the city there’s no need for the Department to undertake an investigation of Water and Light. 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Shafer City Council approves fence, moves forward on road improvement
Shafer City Council met October 4 for a regular meeting.  All members were present and five people were in attendance. 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Watch for new plow truck on Center City streets; recycling expands in FD
Center City will get a new plow truck before the next winter, with costs to be covered equally from the 2016 general fund, the capital equipment fund and the water and sewer fund.
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Marlene Smith sculpture unveiled
Marlene Smith’s family members surrounded the sculpture unveiled last weekend of Marlene.  The piece stands at the east end of the one way pairs split in Lindstrom.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Loss of words to describe the debate, send off summer with fun in the park
I had set out to write a column about the latest debate on Sunday night. I will be honest, I sat here staring at my computer for at least 15 minutes trying to find something to say about it.  I can’t. I have nothing.  Watching the debate was like watching your parents engage in a big time argument and you as a child just sat in the corner waiting for something terrible to happen.  I had that feeling during the entire debate - no scratch that, I couldn’t make it through the debate.  My stomach physically hurt watching those two. 
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Take advantage of apple season
More apple recipes today and it’s recipes using applesauce. The average American eats about 18 lbs. of apples every year, in one form or another. The oldest apple core ever found, in a Swiss stone age village, was estimated to be 300,000 years old. How that can be determined is beyond me. You would think it would have disintegrated 10 years ago or even 10 days ago. My thought is…you can’t believe everything you hear, half of what you see and part of what you read!
Thursday, October 13, 2016

Adults, kids and costumes welcome at Saturday's Relay for Life
Young and old are invited to attend the American Cancer Society Relay for Life at the Almelund Threshing Grounds Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1:30 to 10 p.m.
Friday, October 7, 2016

Split vote authorizes outside investigation of utility operations; Blomquist, mayor vote no
The plan to investigate “corruption by public officials” at the Water & Light Utility in North Branch which was requested by Council member Robert Canada,  and tabled in August, was passed last week 3-2 by the city council.  Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy and Kathy Blomquist didn’t want to spend what could be several thousand dollars chasing vague allegations, saying they were unclear on specifically what is being looked into.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Public invited to the unveiling of Smith sculpture Sat., Oct. 8
For anybody disappointed that the west end plaza of the one way pairs in Lindstrom honors only important male figures in the city’s history...take heart, there was always a plan to spotlight a female role model as well.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Commerce; conservationists and county officials come together at opening of east end trail segment
The persistent rain was just letting-up last Tuesday, as a host of happy people cut the ribbon and officially opened the “east end” of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail.  Beneath this be-ribboned bridge, one of three on the trail,  Lawrence Creek was alive with running water,  on its way to the St Croix, a rare occurrence so late in the year we were told.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Tabled township fire service contract gets approved
Chisago City council members on Sept. 27 approved a revised contract for firefighting services with Chisago Lake Township.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

North Branch Council hires engineering firm for layout of its trail
The same night that the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail ribbon-cutting was being celebrated-- the North Branch City Council approved an engineering and design quote for a trail between Harris and NB.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Another community icon is gone; still room to help FMSC next week
I am told that if you or your group would like to be part of the Feed My Starving Children event next week, there are still some openings available.  They are hoping to pack 160,000 meals that will change children's lives around the world.  They have a financial goal of $33,000 which they are close to reaching. But there are a few two hour shifts available Friday night from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. and Saturday from 2 to 4 pm.  It is a great opportunity for families, groups of friends or organizations to make a difference in this world.  You can register at lakesfree.org or by calling 651-257-2677.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Apple myths, folklore and legends
I have more apple recipes for you today.  First I want to share a myth, and there are several, that I read from a book about apples, including myths, symbols, folklore and legends.
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Relay for Life survivors have story to tell
Carter Olson and Diane Rollins will be honored at the annual American Cancer Relay for Life, held at the Almelund Threshing Grounds on Minnesota Highway 95 between Almelund and Taylors Falls.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Water & Light Commission hears bonding update; meeting erodes in shouting match
The North Branch Water & Light Commission meeting on September 20 ended abruptly when the two commissioners attending, with Chair Matt Falk absent, got into  a heated exchange. Acting Chair Theresa Furman declared the meeting adjourned, when she and Darrel Fisk started hollering at each other. 
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pavey reads tearful apology, gets 86 months

For providing the drugs  linked to the 2014 death of  19-year-old Sam Manthey, Morgan Leslie Pavey was sentenced Monday to 86 months in prison. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

County Board clears way for rural residential chicken-keeping, and more

There’s new rules in place allowing residents who live in Rural Residential zones to keep fowl and poultry.   You can determine if hatching a new chicken-keeping hobby is for you and to keep from running a-foul of the rules here are some highlights:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Apple season in full swing
Orchard owner-operator Jim Birkholz is also the tour guide.  Above,  he talks to a wagon-load of youngsters visiting Pleasant Valley Orchard as part of the Chisago Lakes Early Childhood Family Education program field trip.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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