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Attempt to punish mayor, council member to await lawyer's review
After an hour and 10 minutes of citizen input, council comment and attorney advice;  the North Branch City Council voted April 14 to table a motion,  meant to censure the mayor and a council member and remove them from committee duties.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Minnesota state parks and trails launch new statewide geocaching challenge
Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by answering “the call of the wildflowers” by participating in a new statewide geocaching adventure. Camouflaged containers are hidden and waiting to be discovered throughout the state — at 74 of Minnesota’s state parks and recreation areas and at seven state trails. The clues to their exact whereabouts are posted on the Department of Natural Resources website, www.mndnr.gov/geocaching.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Honor Flight not so much about those old memories, as opportunity for new ones
Navy veteran Andy Swenson, of Taylors Falls,  was visiting with Chisago County Veterans Services Officer Al Budde about 18 months-ago,  checking into Veterans’ Administration care available for  Andy’s chronic arm pain, resulting from an old war wound.  The two got to talking and Budde suggested Swenson submit an application to be considered for an Honor Flight. 
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lakes Area Officer Cory Spencer to receive 2014 James Trudeau Law Enforcement Award
Lakes Area Youth Services Bureau (LAYSB) is pleased to announce Lakes Area Police Officer Cory Spencer is the recipient of the 2014 James Trudeau Law Enforcement Award.  This award is given annually by LAYSB to law enforcement personnel who rise above and beyond their job duties to help break down barriers between youth and adults through extraordinary compassion, leadership, and dedication.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Public hearing on predatory offender ordinance May 20
The County Board chose May 20 as the date to hold a public hearing on  proposed restrictions  on predatory offender residency in non-municipal areas.   The hearing will start at 7:15 p.m. in the Government Center.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mayoral campaign complaint dismissed by three judge panel
A panel of three administrative law judges have dismissed a gross misdemeanor campaign practices complaint arising from the 2014 North Branch mayoral campaign.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

White Bear Township Theatre lobby fills with Zac Pack supporters
There was a very special movie showing on April 18.  White Bear Township Theater held a special showing of Mall Cop 2 featuring Kevin James.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Uff da, the umlauts are back!
Governor Mark Dayton signed an Executive Order requiring MnDOT reinstate the use of umlauts on roadway signage, when appropriate. Rep. Laurie Halverson (DFL—Eagan) has been working with MnDOT on the issue with the city of Lindström. In photo a MnDOT worker adds the dots to the o in Lindstrom.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Lindstrom Council accepts glowing 2014 audit
The Lindstrom City Council was happy to hear from auditor Matt Voss that city staff were very helpful in doing the 2014 financial review, and, Voss added, “We do over 100 cities and three-fourths of the time we have findings (on improving financial operations), but we did not in Lindstrom.”  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Zac Pack movie was awesome; blue cards are arriving soon
I wanted to take a minute to thank you.  Thank you for supporting another great cause in our community.  This week I am referring to the Zac Pack Mall Cop 2 movie premier. By now almost everyone knows the story of Zac Bartz and his courageous battle with a very painful disease including cancer.  He became our (the community's ) hero.  His fight was done with grace and a smile.  His family, through faith, family and friends, gave us all a standard to live by.  Everything about Zac's journey provided spiritual growth for many of us. 
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Slow cooker meals for spring
Seeing that the cooler weather came upon us, I think I can still get by with soup recipes... in a slow cooker. Since spring is finally here, I’m sure many of you will be working outside cleaning up the yard, getting the soil ready for planting, washing windows, etc.
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Man walking on county road killed April 17
A man walking on Stark Road, near Cedarcrest Trail in Fish Lake Township;  was struck and killed about 10 p.m. Friday, April 17. 
Monday, April 20, 2015

Strohecker granted public defender, conditional release after first court appearance
Noelle Strohecker, 46, of North Branch, was in court Monday this week on charges of felony criminal vehicular homicide, with any amount of controlled substance.  She was charged with the felony offense in the connection with the death of Dallas Kasper, 11.
Monday, April 20, 2015

Treats for Troops donates over 200 boxes of Girl Scout cookies
Girl Scout Troops 56329, 53747, 52954, 52925 and 55205 decided to sell cookies for an organization called “Treats for Troops Minnesota.”  They went door to door, held several local cookie booths including a booth at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lindstrom. This amazing community helped fund over 200 boxes. The cookies will be sent to military troops serving overseas. Pictured, from left to right, back row: Madison Haugen, Abby Gangl, Anna Rein, Sophia Shuga, and Cindy Kaske. Front row: Hannah Kray, Zoey Chritchlow, Harmony Mohler, Addison Shuga, and Erin Rein.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shafer City Council adopts sex offender/predator ordinance

The Shafer City Council met April 7 for a regular scheduled meeting.  The meeting was held in the fire hall to accommodate a public hearing on a proposed sexual offender/predator ordinance and 13 people attended the meeting.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grace period for progress on new jail project to end
Costs to board-out inmates related to  an undersized and aging jail, are skyrocketing again for Chisago County’s public safety system.  And, Friday last week the sheriff heard from the state Department of Corrections that the county jail will be sanctioned;  meaning loss of eight beds and a downgrade to  holding facility status. 
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Two, of a dozen-plus historic county mills, remain
Next time you crack open a fresh cool bag of flour take a second to consider how the grain milling industry has  contributed to making  Minnesota what it is today.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Center City keeping bus garage purchase alive with counter-offer
With a full council convening April 7, Center City officials agreed to move forward in pursuing Chisago County’s Heartland Express building as a new location for city offices, meeting space and a public works garage. If the city is successful in acquiring the site, the Fire Department’s operations would expand into the existing city property on Burns Avenue.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Taylors Falls Council sends resolution asking legislature not to revise trucking weights
Taylors Falls City Council members do not want haul trucks to travel the Hwy. 8 bridge or other area roads. They voted this week to send letters to area legislators in effort to block any bill that would allow higher maximum weight limits.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cadillac Dinner is coming; we have lost another icon here
You have one week left to purchase your tickets to the Chisago Lakes Lions Cadillac Dinner.  The dinner will be held at WineHaven on April 25.  As I have mentioned before,  your ticket gets you a great meal, into a huge raffle, and a silent auction and did I mention you get to mingle with some of the neatest people in our area?  The Lions (both Chisago Lakes and surroundingtowns) are the most dedicated, community oriented, groups in the world.  for tickets please call Gary at 651-210-8399.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

I have cake recipes for you, and the recipes come from a Bible themed cookbook. It is very interesting. In the Old Testament, cake was made differently from breads. When Abraham told Sarah to “make cakes upon the hearth” (Genesis 18:6), he stipulated, “Make ready three measures of fine meal.”
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Over spring break Nolan hits the road, re-connects
Congressman Rick Nolan shared some of his frustrations and his successes,  in a speaking appearance last week at the North Branch Rotary Club meeting.  Nolan was re-elected to his second term for the U.S. House in 2014.  He returned to Washington D.C. after about a 30-year break from first representing Minnesota in the 70s.  He told the Rotarians that he was part of an effort recruiting Minnesotans to run for Congress about five years ago, and he ended up being convinced that he ought to be the candidate.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sex offender moratorium enacted by County Board
The County Board has decreed Chisago County shall be Level III predatory offender free, for about 90 days anyway.  

The Commissioners on April 1 enacted  a “moratorium” disallowing residency of Level III offenders anywhere in the county.  The level is designated at an end-of-confinement review of offenders and Level III is when names and addresses are considered public information.

A moratorium or ban is a short term measure freezing existing circumstances while, in this case,  the county works on a suitable ordinance addressing on-going concerns expressed by citizens.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

International relations have friend in Rotary
The Chisago Lakes Rotary Club through a District 5960 matching grant, has made it possible for a South African school to purchase computers, projectors, a video camera, software for the computers and all the required cables and screen pulldowns. The Chris Nissen Primary School in Knysna, South Africa.  
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Polaris Foundation and employees donate $1,000 and 767 lbs. of food for March Food Drive
Employees of the Polaris Development Facility in Wyoming, donated 767 pounds of food and raised $233 for Family Pathways’ food shelves, and  as part of the Polaris Foundation’s dollar per pound match, an additional $1,000 was donated.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

Creating a more efficient, effective approach to providing protective services
At the same time the number of reports of children in potentially harmful situations is on the rise in Chisago County-- the social services staff is also on the cusp of implementing policy revisions coming out of the governor’s Task Force on Child Protection Services.
Thursday, April 9, 2015

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