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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

Eichten's Solar Farm ready to go online
The Solar Garden at Eichten’s Farm in Center City was shown to the public at an open house and ceremonial ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 19. On hand were representatives from the Chisago Lakes School District and Ecumen, two major subscribers, as well as reps from Innovative Power Solutions, Xcel Energy and the major funders. They joined Ed Eichten from the Eichten family farm. The solar farm features 15,552 panels and will create savings in excess of $6 million over the life of the panels. Construction on the project began in late-July and the system will be online by mid-November.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chisago County solar array complex part of much larger picture
The completion of construction for the North Star solar array-- the biggest single solar facility site in the midwest-- was celebrated October 19. 
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Teen allegedly sexually assaulted
A Coon Rapids man was indicted on criminal sexual conduct and pornography possession and porn making-charges  by a grand jury recently convened in Center City.   The criminal sexual activity allegedly took place in Chisago City.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Controversial sled dog kennel is delayed on 4-1 vote; committee vacancies filled
A competitive musher and a veterinary neurologist saw their application for a dog kennel delayed by the county board last week, when commissioners decided they need more time to review this permit.
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Shafer City Council changes ordinance, officially hires maintenance supervisor
Shafer City Council met for a regular meeting October 18.  With council member Tim O'Connor absent, the council held a public hearing enacting revisions of a Shafer City code ordinance to administer and regulate public right-of-way.  City  Attorney Ted Alliegro told the council Shafer had a contractor  inquire about installing fiber optics.  Alliegro told the council the only ordinance the city has is for excavating in the right-of-way.  Alliegro told the council they should expand on the ordinance for future inquiries. 
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tons of things to do in our area!
There is a lot going on in the Chisago Lakes area in the near future. As I mentioned last week, Ojiketa Haunt is in full swing and better than ever I am told. 
Thursday, October 27, 2016

The beauty of autumn brings us to Halloween and pumpkins
We are in the season of autumn. I hope you had a chance to see the beauty of all the different colors of leaves falling softly to the ground... unless it’s windy! This really is a theatre of seasons. Keep in mind that according to the calendar, autumn isn’t over until December 21 and then winter kicks in.
Thursday, October 27, 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

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