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Law Enforcement
The North Branch Police are being assured that a massage parlor-prostitution  operation,  busted recently by a special investigative task force, won’t be re-opening.  

North Branch Chief of Police Dan Meyer said Tuesday this week the Oakview Avenue space where a search warrant was executed March 17,  and where three arrests were made, was leased.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Anoka White Knights donate to Wyoming Fire Department
Fire Chief JJ Hastings, rt, accepted a check for $500 from the President of the Anoka Winter Knights Snowmobile Club, Mike Stewart.  Winter Knights have members who live in Wyoming, and Stewart said the club likes to spread support all over the east and central part of the state.  The fire department donation is made possible through proceeds from the annual “Outlaw Grass Drag” event the club hosts in Princeton, on the third weekend of August.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

County grappling with finding firm ordinance footing
The chief prosecutor for Chisago County clearly is facing a dilemma and said as much, last week,  in reporting to the County Board.  County Attorney Janet Reiter was directed by the Board March 4  to try to draft an ordinance restricting  locations where convicted predatory offenders are allowed to reside.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vehicular homicide charges filed in North Branch boy's death
The county attorney’s office has charged a 46-year-old North Branch woman in connection with causing the death of an 11-year-old boy, who she allegedly ran down August 21, 2014 with her vehicle while under the influence of pharmaceutical medication.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Township residents return to supporting contracted services
The Franconia Township annual meeting was held Tuesday, March 10.  The meeting lasted just a little less than an hour, which was the fastest any of the 26 attendees could remember.
Township residents approved a levy increase from $618,000 per year to $640,000 per year with little debate.  

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Roadwork bids are going out; council hears from chief of police personnel pressures
The plans and specs  have been approved unanimously and are out-for-bids on the city of Wyoming’s upcoming street projects. Council members voted to authorize bidding to proceed 4-0, with Lisa Iverson absent last week. 
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Join Zion Lutheran for free meal on Mondays
If you haven't already, please join your friends and neighbors from the Chisago Lakes Area for a Community Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church.  A no-charge, no-donation meal is served each Monday evening from 4-6 p.m.  Riley, Brenna, and Lilei Meredith are holding up a sign welcoming diners to the Family Pathways sponsored community event.  Enjoy an evening of no cooking, a full meal, and warm fellowship.    
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Variety Show at Chisago Lakes draws talented acts
About 20 acts graced the stage at the performing arts center at Chisago Lakes High School last week for the variety show.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

ALJ changes in mid-review; solar permit stays on schedule
The Administrative Law Judge who took over fact-finding on the four Chisago County-based proposed Aurora Solar projects is expected to complete her review on-schedule.
The process of collecting  evidence and testimony at several public hearings has finished, but there’s been a shift to a different administrative law judge in mid-process. ALJ Barbara Case is still scheduled to present a review and recommendations in early April.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Utility board expansion for North Branch fails in senate
A state senate committee found itself last week in the middle of a game of hot potato and senators ended up tossing the proverbial spud back to colleague Sean Nienow to deal with.
Two elected officials from North Branch testified last week at the state capitol against the expansion of the electric and water utility commission,  known as North Branch Water & Light.  The two were there to explain the legislation is not wanted-- even though North Branch has had versions of this request  in Senate and House bills lingering for two years.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lindstrom council briefs...
The Lindstrom Council met shorthanded, with the mayor and AnnMarie Brink absent;  so last week about all that happened was council asked staff to move ahead on relocating the police impound lot, clearing the way for the salt/sand shed and public works site to be improved in general. 
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shafer City Council accepts clean audit, city hall almost ready to move back into
The Shafer City Council met March 17 for a regular meeting.  With no public hearings scheduled, the council gave the floor to Dennis Oberloh.  Oberloh is a CPA specialized in city audits.  Oberloh had completed his assesments of Shafer and was there to present them. 
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bypass and truck hauling route study funding okayed
Between the proposed truck haul-route study and the state legislature looking at boosting weights of axles on Minnesota roads-- the county commissioners last week found themselves talkin’ trucks.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Register now for Mall Cop 2; lots of Easter happenings
Make sure to mark your calendars for the showing ofPaul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on April 18 at White Bear Township Theaters. Comedian Kevin James, who stars in the movie, will be wearing a "Zac Pac" t-shirt in the film. The theater has reserved as many theaters as we need to fill them with Zac supporters and supporters of cancer research. The t-shirt online store is now open please go to identitystores.com/Stores/ StoreFront.aspx to pre purchase your t-shirts. They may be picked up at the event.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

A spring fling of recipes
Spring has finally come, at least according to the calendar. When it was so warm a couple of weeks ago, I thought about the fact that it won’t be long before the ground is soft enough to watch for perennial flowers popping through the cold soil. I guess I’m hoping for warm spring days to help out the little green plants get their bearings and surprise us.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Three students of Chisago Lakes High School Business Professionals of America club (BPA) placed in the top five
Three students of Chisago Lakes High School Business Professionals of America club (BPA) placed in the top five in their events and qualified for the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA, May 6-10 (Amy Schreyer - first - Prepared Speech; Ali Gates - fifth - Banking and Finance; Rachel Dahl - fifth - Keyboarding Production). This club is advised by Ms. Lynn Stoltz.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Chisago Lakes High School Business Professionals of America club
Eight members of the Chisago Lakes High School Business Professionals of America club (BPA) advanced from the region competition and attended the 2015 State Leadership Conference March 12-14,  held at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis. Students competed in a variety of business related individual and team events.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New local group one of only four in Minnesota
The Air Force has landed in North Branch. Officer training program not about recruitment; it's all about service.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

State investigating fire in 36 unit apartment complex in Rush City
Thursday morning March 12, about 3 a.m. a number of firefighters and other personnel were dispatched to a fire in a 36-unit apartment building,  at 20 North Eliot in Rush City. 
Thursday, March 12, 2015

It's the little things that truly make a difference
The “Treats for Troops-Minnesota” organization sent along this photo of  one group of servicepersons,  expressing thanks for the care packages they received from this area. 
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lions collect food donations at Brink's
The Chisago Lakes Lions were collecting food shelf donations recently at Brink’s. Pictured are Jim Campbell, Gary Gerke, Don Bungum and David Heldt.  March is Food Share Month in Minnesota and local food pantry facilities earn bonus food support through the state network,  based on donations brought in this month.  Lions members will be at Lindstrom Foods March 13 and 14 and at Brink’s again on March 20.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Vacant EMS site being bought by county
The Heartland Express transit system, shared by Isanti and Chisago counties, is developing an operations facility in North Branch. 
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Few concerns surface in city audit; council gets Swedish Immigrant Trail update
Taylors Falls City Council, minus members John Tangen and Larry Julik Heine, heard on Monday night this week that the 2014 audit shows the city’s bank balance is “healthy” and in general the financial charts are moving in the right direction. 
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rep. Barrett works to get Nursing Facilities Bill through the Aging and Long-Term Care Committee
Frank Robinson, left, Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City, and Nathan Johnson, from Ecumen in North Branch with Rep. Barrett, center, at the Capitol in support of HF 730, which on behalf of nursing facilities in Chisago County as well as Mille Lacs, Isanti and Kanabec counties-- increases the nursing facilities reimbursement rate to match the metro area reimbursement rate.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

­Seekon wins in Lent Twsp. race
Lent Township
In Lent, 405 ballots were counted, and despite a spirited write-in campaign for Gene Olson, his bid to extend his decades-long service as a Lent Township supervisor came to an end. Brian Seekon received 189 votes to win the open seat, while Olson received 112 write in votes. Carolyn Cagle received 100 votes in third place. There were two other write in votes, one for Chris Judson and another for Mickey Mouse.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sunday sales debate harkens back to 1915 wet/dry vote
The state legislature is considering allowing Sunday liquor sales, and this 2015 session just might be the one in which action is taken to broaden accessibility to booze in Minnesota-- but 100 years ago citizens here opted for absolutely no sale of liquor in Chisago County, Sunday or otherwise.
Thursday, March 12, 2015

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