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Lent Township couple acquitted on all charges in alleged ambush case
Bryan and Tammy Lyons have been acquitted on all charges, in regards to an alleged attempted sheriff deputy ambush on their township property in 2014.
Thursday, January 12, 2017


Lakes Area Police earn free radar unit; commissioners receive annual report, appoint new DARE/SRO
Lakes Area Police Commission members enjoyed news last week of a new radar unit given to the department.  
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sunrise and CenturyLink win state broadband grant
The pieces may be falling into place to service hundreds of properties in Sunrise Township with highspeed broadband.  The township has been awarded a coveted state Border-to-Border grant and now awaits a petition-- signed by at least 50 percent of the affected potential CenturyLink customers--in support of the project.  This coming March might be one township annual meeting taxpayers won’t want to miss.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

New website promotes our area; next week is Celebration of the Lakes
If you or someone you know is in the paper as the athlete of the week, we have some good news for you.  The Chisago Lakes Grill (at the Chisago Lakes Golf Estates) is proud to announce that they will be offering a free meal to the Chisago Lakes Athlete of the Week.  You are invited to come in and enjoy the newly remodeled restaurant with a new menu.  They do ask that you please bring in the clipping of the Press with the Athlete of the Week to receive your meal.  A pretty nice gesture from Todd and the folks at the golf course.
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Clean-up determines dinner
When I think of what to have for dinner I sometimes think of what has to be done after eating, like  how much clean-up there is to be done. We have this thing that we do when it’s meal time.  Bud sets the table, I do the cooking, Bud clears the table, I do the clean-up.  I think I’ll try reversing that set-up! Then it might be p.b. and j. sandwiches and some fruit, on two paper  plates  two glasses of water, one dinner knife (we share the knife). Two glasses and one knife to wash,  two  paper plates in the waste basket and the glasses and knife  in the sink to dry! He has it made. Some husbands or partners don’t even do that much and we’re still married after 57 years! When there are special family dinners,   Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc., there is always a lot of pans, dishes etc. that take a lot of time to clean up. We now have the distinct pleasure of going to our children’s homes for special occasions and guess what…I’m finished doing clean up!
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Council to act as planning body, EDA gets updated
In a special meeting January 3, including North Branch newly-elected city councilmembers, measures were taken that set the stage for a shift in city decision-making and development outlook. Kelly Neider and Jim Swenson took their new council seats along with Mayor Kirsten Hagen Kennedy who was returned to office, and Kathy Blomquist and Robert Canada.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Solid waste fee; mid-year review and hike possible
The market for recyclables is not strong and local haulers are also seeing what the county solid waste director describes as “stagnant” levels of collections.  This adds up to the potential for an adjustment in Chisago County’s solid waste fee after a mid-2017 review.  The issue came up at the County Boardroom following a garbage haulers’ meeting in early December;  where several local haulers expressed concerns to county officials about the soft recycling market and losses encountered in meeting the county’s licensing condition that haulers must provide recycling.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

The year's first special deliveries
Presenting the gift basket containing a handmade quilt, baby items and a Target gift card (donated by the Fairview Lakes Volunteer Organization) are board officers Jeanne Zaske (far left), and Linda Peterson. The first baby of the year was born at 11:22 a.m. Jan. 3, at Fairview Lakes in Wyoming. Rebekah Leppanen and Michael Franco, of Chisago City, are proud parents.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Lake Area Bank's Mitten Drive exceeds goal
Lake Area Bank’s Mitten Drive exceeds goal for the second year in a row.  During the holiday season, Lake Area Bank organized its second annual Mitten Drive collecting new winter-wear items and monetary donations for local children and young adults in need.  The response from the community, customers and staff was immediate.  By the third week of a five-week campaign, the bank had 500 items, or monetary equivalency.  The final results were impressive with 559 donated winter-wear items in addition to $613 for purchasing further items.  Donations will be distributed to disadvantaged youth through the Hats & Mittens organization.  This is a prime example of how this community bank supports their communities and demonstrates the bank’s passion for making a difference in peoples lives.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Shafer City Council welcomes new council members, assist with manhole
Shafer City Council met January 3 for the first meeting of the New Year.  The meeting began with City Clerk Joan Ciesler swearing in two new council members.  Terry Smith and Brad Swenson were sworn in and took their place on the council bench. 
Thursday, January 12, 2017

CLJSTC sewer solar will come in the form of subscription
Members on the Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission ventured cautiously last week into the solar energy sector, agreeing to “get in the que” for subscribing to a local solar garden.  The commission is two or three subscribers back from the front of the line, with SolarStone, according to a company representative who attended last week’s CLJSTC meeting.   Gordy Simanton said even if the firm’s solar gardens currently nearing installation fill up, (as far as capacity for subscribers), there are more projects in the wings.  SolarStone has had great success with its projects in this area and Simanton explained that the three community solar gardens developed are very nearly “sold out.”  SolarStone is on the verge of applying with Chisago County  for a permit for community solar  garden east of Shafer in an old gravel pit, he said.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Celebration of the Lakes is close, plan your weekend on the ice ahead
Well it looks like winter might just stick around.  That is good news for those of us who love the Celebration of the Lakes.  We need a certain amount of ice to hold the snowmobile drag races, and right now it will be very close.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed, the celebration is great especially with all of the snowmobiles.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Celebration of the Lakes. If you turn to page 9, you will see the most up-to-date version of the schedule of events for the celebration.  events are being added all the time, but if you take a look, there is plenty, and I mean plenty of fun things for you and your family to take in. Why not spend the weekend on the ice? We are Minnesotans after all.  Here is the best part - women (and men), you don’t have to dress up! You can wear your winter coats hats and gloves and you will look just as fashionable as the person next to you.  That’s a part of the celebration I love, it’s a community gathering where we all look the same. My hair is just as messy as yours.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Stew mood helped out by the cold
Good morning or afternoon. The cold weather keeps me in the stew, soup and casserole mood. We who are seasoned cooks know pretty much about preparing stew for your dinner but I think we, and I’m included, often are in a rut as to what kind of stew we prepare. First, just a few tips for the newer homemakers who perhaps have not even made a stew. Always cook a stew at a gentle simmer. All stews and thick soups taste better the day after they are made as this gives the ingredients a chance to meld their flavors. If doing so, be sure to cool the stew, cover it and put it in the fridge. Don’t add veggies to a stew if you intend to freeze it. They usually become mushy when thawed. Since veggies have different cooking times, combine them in a stew in the proper order so the softer ones haven’t cooked to mushiness.
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Year-in-Review 2016
January 2016 the third degree unintentional murder trial of Aaron Jude Schnagl gets underway.  He will eventually be found guilty  February 5 on third degree murder charges that he provided cocaine that contributed to the death of Danielle Jelinek, a one-time girlfriend.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Stewardship Award presented by Taylors Falls Council to the Youngs
As 2017 award winners in Taylors Falls’ annual St. Croix River Valley Stewardship honors, the city council welcomed and surprised long-time residents Dr. William (Bill) and Barb Young at a council meeting Dec. 27.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Lindstrom City Council sets 2017 levy, property valuations are up
The city of Lindstrom adopted a 2017 levy that will be increasing property tax collections from $1.8 million in 2016 to $1.9 million to support the General Fund. 
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Spending time with my mentor; if you go on the ice, do it with caution
I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Years Eve.  My family loaded up the vehicle and headed down I-35 to Iowa.  Over the last few years, my family has waited to celebrate Christmas until New Years when we can celebrate with our grandmother.  Our grandmother is 99 years old and we are reminded constantly by her that there may not be that many more Christmases.  and while I never enjoy hearing that, she ultimately is right. 
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Soup to warm up with
Millions of Americans eat soup almost every day. The first archaeological evidence of someone stirring up soup for a meal dates back to 6000 B.C.
Thursday, January 5, 2017

Board denies petition for cemetery's environmental assessment, and CUP
The Chisago County Board declined to grant a Conditional Use Permit for a new natural burial cemetery,  proposed in the township south of Chisago City, on a 3-2 vote December 21. 
Friday, December 30, 2016

Four file for Lindstrom special election
Laura Burington, Gerald Carlson, (former council person) William Schlumbohm and David Waldoch have filed to be on the ballot for a special election to fill a Lindstrom City Council vacancy.  The Lindstrom council seat is on the ballot February 14, as part of another special election to fill a House seat in St Paul.
Friday, December 30, 2016

Working group will formalize and finalize acquisition of regional trail by springtime
County park board members sent a request to the County Board, which the commissioners unanimously supported last week, establishing a working group and setting a deadline for obtaining easement and/or acquiring land outright along an undeveloped segment of the Swedish Immigrant Regional Trail.
Friday, December 30, 2016

We want a dog - you have one, wait where are you going? Be safe please
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas.  Ours was great. We already had our Christmas with the in-laws and the Silver Christmas is over New Year’s weekend, so we had absolutely no plans.  This turned out to be a good thing, because as you know, the weather was bizarre to say the least.  Pouring rain with a driving wind all day long. Yuck. 
Friday, December 30, 2016

Let's get into the party mood!
It’s getting very close to the time to say good-bye to 2016 isn’t it.  It has been a year of changes for many of us.  Whether it be health issues, marriages, baptisms, children moving away from home, as in Colorado and San Diego. Too far to stop for a cup of coffee, laughter which you can hear over the phone.
Friday, December 30, 2016

County board says no to EAW; denies cemetery permit
The Chisago County Board declined to grant a Conditional Use Permit for a new natural burial cemetery,  proposed in the township south of Chisago City, on a 3-2 vote December 21.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Living Nativity scenes around the area braved on despite the cold
First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom held its annual Living Nativity event on Saturday.  Many people braved the cold weather to enjoy the show.
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Year-end reports from chief, parks punctuate meeting
Lakes Area Chief of Police Kevin Stenson made his final  monthly city council report last week, and Lindstrom leaders thanked him for his dedication and service.  Stenson retires at the end of this month and Bill Schlumbohm succeeds him as Lakes Area Police Chief.  (Story County Press Dec 1.)
Thursday, December 22, 2016


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