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home : news September 30, 2016

Water & Light Commission hears bonding update; meeting erodes in shouting match
The North Branch Water & Light Commission meeting on September 20 ended abruptly when the two commissioners attending, with Chair Matt Falk absent, got into  a heated exchange. Acting Chair Theresa Furman declared the meeting adjourned, when she and Darrel Fisk started hollering at each other. 
Thursday, September 29, 2016


Relay for Life survivors have story to tell
Carter Olson and Diane Rollins will be honored at the annual American Cancer Relay for Life, held at the Almelund Threshing Grounds on Minnesota Highway 95 between Almelund and Taylors Falls.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pavey reads tearful apology, gets 86 months

For providing the drugs  linked to the 2014 death of  19-year-old Sam Manthey, Morgan Leslie Pavey was sentenced Monday to 86 months in prison. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

County Board clears way for rural residential chicken-keeping, and more

There’s new rules in place allowing residents who live in Rural Residential zones to keep fowl and poultry.   You can determine if hatching a new chicken-keeping hobby is for you and to keep from running a-foul of the rules here are some highlights:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Apple season in full swing
Orchard owner-operator Jim Birkholz is also the tour guide.  Above,  he talks to a wagon-load of youngsters visiting Pleasant Valley Orchard as part of the Chisago Lakes Early Childhood Family Education program field trip.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

New Co. Rd. 20 bridge platting gets approved; other projects reviewed
The new bridge on County Road 20 or North Lakes Trail, a few hundred feet north of downtown Lindstrom,  is one step closer to becoming a reality.  
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Shafer City Council holds public hearing on road improvements, raise levy to 10%
Shafer City Council met September 20 for a regular meeting. Nelly Wilkerson was absent.  27 people attended the meeting which featured a public hearing on road improvements. 
Thursday, September 29, 2016

An autumn apple bounty
September and October are known to be “Apple Month” but the weather we’ve been having might take the apple season into early November unless we have an early frost. We are so fortunate to have such a variety to choose from.
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Charges filed in Almelund shooting incident
The man suspected of threatening Apple Fest-goers Setember 18 is has been charged with six counts of first degree assault/deadly force against a peace officer  and one count of discharging a weapon in an unauthorized zone.
Monday, September 26, 2016

Osceola Bridge lane closures in Chisago County scheduled for Sept. 27-29
Motorists will encounter lane closures, flagging and delays in both directions of Highway 243 between Hwy 95 and Osceola, Wisconsin while crews conduct an inspection on the Osceola Bridge, weather permitting.
 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Shafer Days brings out the fun
The car show seems to attract a greater variety of models every year. Main street is blocked off so you can ride a horse-drawn  wagon or just stroll around. Shafer Days has some great prizes and drawings, including the Hunt for the Clog, which Riley Carlson found this year. He's presented with his $100 prize by Mayor Dan Vogel.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blue Zone Rally all about the possibilities for Chisago Lakes
Chisago Lakes residents came out in droves September 14 for a Blue Zone Rally.  A blue zone is a concept used to identify a demographic geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives.  Approximately 400-450 residents showed up to hear Tony Buettner detail the history of Blue Zones and how they have implemented  it in certain cities in the United States.  Buettner described how his brothers and he took bike rides across the continents of North America, South America, Africa and Europe.  On those trips, the group noticed just how odd it was in certain areas where groups of people were living eight to 12 years longer than the norm. 
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chisago City adopts 6.5 percent levy hike as maximum
Chisago City council members have approved a municipal levy of $2.386 million for 2017, equaling an increase of 6.5 percent over the taxes assessed to city properties in 2016.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Council adopts levy leaving room to adjust in December
North Branch Council passed a $4,557,139 local levy for 2017 at the council meeting last week;  with the understanding this can be revised downward between now and December.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

2017 levy as it sits now carries $2 a month tax hike for average house
The Lindstrom Council last week, minus Council member Joe Wishy,  supported a 2017 levy of $2.1 million--  an increase from the city’s $1.9 million gross  levy for 2016.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Relay for Life; new Oct. 8 date and family-focused theme
A communitywide tradition in the fight to vanquish cancer has a new look this year.
Thursday, September 22, 2016

What a fun weekend! Can Chisago Lakes become a Blue Zone? Yes!
A huge thank you goes out to the organizers of the Apple Festival and Shafer Days.  Both the events were very well attended and the weekend weather was perfect. 
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pasta is one of my favorites
Do you like pasta? It’s one of my favorites! However, any variety of pasta is loaded with a lot of carbs. I watch the amount of pasta we eat, especially during the summer months eating pasta salads. Well, we’re still having some warm days!
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Officer involved local shooting under investigation
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is looking into actions of Chisago County SWAT unit as it responded to a report of an armed person, threatening Apple Fest-goers in Almelund Sunday, Sept 18. 
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rush City woman killed in early morning crash
State Patrol is reporting a Rush City woman, Mary Gonzalez, 47, died in a crash Friday morning Sept 16.  She was a passenger in a Buick LeSabre driven by 25-year-old Garrett Stevens, also of Rush City. Stevens received non life-threatening injuries.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Beautiful weather for Wyoming Stagecoach Days
Stagecoach Days celebration in Wyoming, last weekend,  gave kids a fun place to go with its inflatable play area.  This fellow claimed  ‘King of the Hill’ by making it to the top of the giant bouncy bag.
Friday, September 16, 2016

Taylors Falls Council tries to balance ups and downs of levy, goes with 2.7 percent hike
Taylors Falls City Council members wrapped up urgent business for their latest monthly meeting in just 10 minutes Sept. 12.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Would you go into waist-deep ditch water to help a crash victim... they did!

A guy has a fight with his wife in the late morning, and starts drinking in an effort to make himself feel better. Five hours later, he gets in his Nissan SUV and crashes into another car.


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Center City Council sets max levy with Fire Department up by $10,000
Center City council members on Sept. 6 approved a preliminary levy for taxes payable in 2017. The city must certify levy amounts with the Chisago County auditor by Sept. 30.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

North Branch School Board hears school's off to good start
The North Branch School Board heard how the first days of the 2016-2017 school year had been going, at the regular Board meeting for September.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

County child protection system review panel has openings

Chisago County is seeking people who can serve on the Citizens Review Panel. The group meets monthly at the Lakes Area EMS facility in North Branch, on the first Tuesday. Meetings start at 4 p.m.


Thursday, September 15, 2016


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