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September 25, 2017

North Branch votes 4-1 on levy
The full North Branch Council accepted the maximum levy for the proposed city 2018 budget on a 4-1 vote last week. Council member Robert Canada was opposed. He first clarified with Financial Director Richard Hill, that this is a “ceiling” and as a maximum, the council can’t go any higher, correct? Council is allowed to reduce the levy before final adoption in December. Then Canada voted no.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

North Branch Homecoming King and Queen crowned in coronation
North Branch Homeecoming royalty Nick Jensen and Joy Edyvean were crowned Monday this week.The game is tomorrow night Sept. 22.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Meet county's American Cancer Relay for Life Honorary Survivor and Honorary Caregiver
Saturday, September 30, Jerry Mollberg and his wife Beverly will be honored at the annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chisago County, held at the Almelund Threshing Grounds on Highway 95 between Almelund and Taylors Falls.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Opportunity to say thank you to emergency responders means everything to Lindstrom man

Lindstrom resident John Schmidt was clearly overcome by emotion, when he did the honors last week of presenting LifeSaving Medals to two Lakes Area Police personnel and two Lakes Region EMS crew members during the police commission meeting.  Schmidt recounted snippets of a near-death incident, exactly one year ago, with the authoritative but humorous demeanor many will recognize from Schmidt’s days as M.C. of the Celebration of Lakes hot air balloon activities.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

North Branch Fall Harvest Festival; the rumor mill is churning along
Thanks to the wonderful people who worked so hard to make sure Shafer Days and Apple Fest were such great events. The weather was a bit overcast on Shafer Days but that didn’t deter anyone from having a great time.  Sunday, the sun came out for a beautiful day to hold Apple Fest. Once again the crowds were immense and the food was great.  what a great community we have here. Think about it, in most communities you would have one celebration to enjoy, here we have over ten we get to enjoy all year round.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's apple season!
Of course it’s apple season. Along with tomato, squash, beets, etc. Today it’s about apples and probably will be for a couple of weeks. Many recipes call for apples but not which kind to use.  I know I’ve given which variety to use for various recipes, but like myself I’m not always sure if it should be a tart, sweet, tart and crisp, etc.
Thursday, September 21, 2017

9/11 program in Chisago City a moving memorial
A giant flag was flown over Old Towne Road in Chisago City at the Patriot Day ceremony.  The event was held in Moberg Park and featured many speakers and the Chisago Lakes marching band.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Taylors Falls Council sets early 2018 levy
Taylors Falls City Council voted 5-0 to adopt a maximum preliminary levy for 2018 taxes of $644,341. The levy for this year is operating at $643,234.  This supports a total increase of about 4 percent proposed for the overall budget.  The city’s general fund budget this year is approximately $620,000.  The 2018 budget  is approximately $645,000.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Commissioner Walker participates in County Board meeting
Along with the Health and Human Services update (see   child care availability story) the Chisago county commissioners also welcomed Commissioner Lora Walker, who participated in the meeting Sept 6 via electronic two-way feed, from Regions in St Paul. 
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Aging low income housing needs TLC; donation to welding job training ok-d
Discussed at the county HRA/EDA meeting in August was the county-owned Rush Estates I and II. 
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shafer Council lowers proposed levy; may agree to rectify parking-on-lawns complaint
Shafer City Council met September 5 for a regular meeting.  All members were present, with City Attorney Ted Alliegro absent.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lots of things to do this weekend, Shafer Days and Apple Fest are here
This weekend has got everything if you are looking for some local fun.  Shafer Days kicks off Friday. You and your family are invited to the Shafer Fire Hall for some Bingo fun. Some great prizes along with refreshments make this a great time.
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Homegrown cabbage is sweeter
Looking at the date today I see it’s time for cabbage recipes before I start with our fruitful apples. We all know that cabbage is available all year in grocery stores but fresh from the garden the heads are crisp, soft green in color and have a sweeter taste. Why cabbage now when we’ve picked cabbage in early summer? There is early and late cabbage and late cabbage has been ready to harvest for a couple of weeks or more. One of our friends has a big garden and we were given a head of cabbage that weighed about five pounds, along with other veggies from their garden. Lucky me! Needless to say we are eating cabbage prepared one way or another. I have recipes with cabbage and apples in the ingredients so, it’s cabbage/apple recipes today starting with…
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Area semi driver involved in fatal accident on Highway 169
A North Branch semi truck driver was involved in a fatal crash Wednesday, September 6, in the northwest metro that killed a 22-year-old female.  The multi-vehicle crash tied up the freeway for hours around 5 p.m.
Friday, September 8, 2017

Minnesota's industrial hemp research and development program developing roots at organic farmstead here
A local organic farmer is partnering with an ag entrepreneur from the St Cloud area with the aim of bringing back industrial hemp as a major player in Minnesota’s alternative crop economy.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Students happily return to school this week
Taylors Falls Principal Jason Riebe welcomes students back to school this week.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Broadband services issues being taken up in Fish Lk. now
The next local township where broadband service infrastructure might be expanded and improved, looks to be Fish Lake.  The county’s EDA/HRA is working with township officials and broadband advisors to put together an Internet infrastructure project funding plan that could be paid-off within property taxes.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

District court denies motion to dismiss complaint against City of North Branch
Tenth Judicial District Judge Brigid Dowdal is going to allow a lawsuit against the City of North Branch proceed.  Peter Schaps, who was appointed to the North Branch Water & Light Commission and then deemed ineligible to serve, is in court to get his appointment reinstated and to be compensated for legal expenses.  
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Block Party had to be abbreviated; my wish backfires at a local casino
Thanks to the great folks who put on the St Bridget's Block Party this past weekend. Unfortunately the event was modified due to ongoing construction on the parking lot. Nonetheless, the organizers made sure that everyone had a great time. I am told next year will be bigger and better than ever before. 
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Hoping for more summer
I can’t believe, well I guess I can, that two weeks from tomorrow will be the first day of Autumn, astronomically speaking.  It seems that everyone I talk to says, “Where has the summer gone?”  Let’s hope that September brings us sunny days and warmer weather and not an early frost.
Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fatality in Chisago Lake Township Saturday
Authorities identified the victim in a fatal crash north of Center City Saturday Aug 26 as Jonathan Paul Stover, 47
Monday, August 28, 2017

School bus hit from behind
The state patrol is handling the follow-up of a car-bus crash August 22,  in Forest Lake, involving a bus driver from Chisago City and the car driver was from Lindstrom.
Monday, August 28, 2017

Design being finalized for downtown Chisago
Officials behind the Old Towne Road and Moberg Park redesign open house called attendance ‘good’ for last week’s public unveiling of projects being considered right now.  City Engineer Steve Heth, Bolton & Menk, felt most of the feedback was positive;  but comment cards that people could fill out and submit with their suggestions,  still needed to be reviewed.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Little Miss Ki Chi Saga Days highlights fun weekend
Laura Carlson, 10, who is a new resident of Chisago City, wrote in her essay for the Little Miss Ki Chi Saga contest how great  her new town is-- and as the icing on the cake this summer-- she was chosen to be Little Miss.  The five finalists were introduced at a program for the public, at Moberg Park Saturday, Aug. 19.  The winner of the event would ride in the parade the following day.  Runner-up was Ella Leadholm. 
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ki Chi Saga Days was a blast; the eclipse was meh, wait until next one
What a weekend for Ki Chi Saga Days! The weather was great and the crowds reflected it.  Moberg Park was as crowded as I have ever seen it.  Everywhere you turned there were droves of people.
Thursday, August 24, 2017

An abundance of garden veggies
I was thinking about recipes using veggies but my brain was on hold! I checked back in my “steno book” and found that I hadn’t used recipes for this member of the cabbage family since 2002.  Some people call them baby cabbages…in other words, Brussels sprouts. They do look like little cabbages but they grow differently. They cling to a large stalk topped with a crown of foliage. I tried growing them years ago but it takes patience, which I don’t have much of, before they are ready to pick…like 90 days.  If I remember right, I yanked them out because I didn’t think they were going to produce after growing for a month and a half. I never planted them again. End of story!
Thursday, August 24, 2017

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