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Emergency radio buildout is a done deal, commissioners hear; but net neutrality rule debate could be concerning
The county board was informed at the first meeting of this month that the enhanced interface with the statewide wireless emergency radio network; a process begun in Chisago county in 2009,  is complete.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

North Branch fall musical is a classic
The North Branch High School performances of Oklahoma are taking place tonight November 20 at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov 23 at 2 p.m.  
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Taylors Falls new senior complex under construction
It was an emotional occasion for the Berg family members as ground was blessed and an official groundbreaking was commemorated November 13 for The Lodge of Taylors Falls.  The Bergs donated the land for the senior living complex, now under construction on Mulberry Street, in Taylors Falls.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

This community never ceases to amaze, enjoy a meal with friends
I would like to thank the public from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you for coming out and supporting the Hanson family and their daughter Estefani.  I have been telling you about her courageous battle with a terrible disease for a while now.  Friends of the family have held two benefits to help the family with mounting medical bills.  The first was a cut-a-thon at Designer’s Salon in Chisago City.  People came out in droves to help the Hansons.  Saturday at Maranatha Church, people came out by the hundreds.  The massive church was packed.  Packed with many of you and packed with love. when it was all said and done, the family was blessed with around $40,000 to help with medical expenses. 
Thursday, November 20, 2014

The season for cranberries
Here I go again, it’s the season of cranberries and a lot of other foods as well. We are approaching Thanksgiving Day and I don’t know about you, but we always have cranberries in some form, mostly whole cran sauce. I’m not going to talk much about the crimson berry as you know what a cranberry looks like and tastes like. Cranberries are a fruit that makes you pucker your lips if eaten without sugar. I was reading about cranberries in one of my cookbooks and found there are a lot of things I didn’t know. Be sure to take advantage of the berries when they are on sale at the grocery stores for use in recipes that call for fresh or frozen berries at a later date. Let’s go ahead with some good recipes.
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Assessor reports land sales numbers,valuation on rebound
The atmosphere in the County Board room was jovial with two commissioners having just been re-elected the day before and the county attorney was returned to office.

Chisago County Assessor John Keefe;  who by the way has been appointed since  special legislation took the assessor off the ballot here, congratulated the winners before he gave a positive recap of what he sees as rebounding county property values. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter has made an early appearance
Ahhh...the splendor of another winter season.  The county was hit with anywhere from 13 inches of snow in the Rush City-North Branch region  to about six to eight inches in the south end as an early snowstorm fell overnight Sunday into all day Monday.  School districts let out early Monday and started two hours late Tuesday.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sheriff promotes public partnership
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Department unveiled its new website-based interactive tool Monday at the Government Center.  

The website www.raidson line.com is now up and running,  and Sheriff Rick Duncan hopes it becomes a regular stop for citizens who he hopes will want to partner with law enforcement.  “We can’t do it alone,” Duncan remarked of developing leads and key details related to incidents.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Chisago Lakes High School musical 'White Christmas' coming

In case a fresh foot of snow this week failed to instill the holiday spirit in you, theater students at Chisago Lakes High School are hoping to  spread the season’s joy next week with a production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Public comment sought on Sunrise River water quality action plan
The Sunrise River Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy or “WRAPS” report is out for public comment and review until November 19.  The MN Pollution Control Agency said this report is one of just a handful the state has completed under the beginning phase of a “watershed holistic approach” to improving and protecting Minnesota’s water quality. 
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Center City to look at buying county Heartland Express facility in town
Center City officials are considering buying the county’s Heartland Express building, near the Bayview Senior Apartments, to accommodate the city’s growing need for storage and operations.

The county is considering consolidating its public transit hub to North Branch, and would likely list the property in Center City at its current market value of $160,000, according to city staff.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thank you Veterans! Calling all Wildcat girls basketball players
I had a chance to spend a couple of different Veterans Day celebrations with our local Vets.  I attended a touching dinner at the Taylors Falls Fire Department which was catered by the fire department. I also had a chance to attend the Veterans Dinner at Zion Lutheran church.  This dinner was catered by many local people whose only wish was to honor the Vets.  Both celebrations were amazing.  Both were well attended. Both were the epitome of respect.  I marvel at the utmost respect our local veterans receive from every day folks like you and me.  I have the utmost respect for all the men and women who have served our country and apparently there are many, many more like me.  It warms the heart to see such reverence.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It's the season of soups and stews
It’s another of those “season of” columns today. Actually, for me, it’s in season all year, but especially in the winter months. Soup, casseroles, stews and other food that warm our kitchen and tummies are right up there at the top of my list of good food to prepare when the weather turns cold... which it already has. Although, I can eat soup any time of the year.
Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vacant council seat to be filled by appointment
The Chisago City council began business with one vacant seat Oct. 28. Former mayor and council member Don Taylor resigned from the council effective Oct. 18 to coincide with a move out of city limits.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Their life stories and township milestones inseparable
Even the broadcast of the final game of the 2014 World Series couldn’t keep a nice-sized crowd of well-wishers away from an evening reception October 29,  recognizing two men’s longtime service to Shafer Township. 
Thursday, November 6, 2014

North Branch Council briefs...
The main item of discussion reported from last week’s North Branch City Council meeting was the sand plant permit revision;  but the city council also:
~ Approved outdoor storage conditions for Premier Marine, of Wyoming, to have a boat storage/assembly facility on Grand Avenue,  in the original industrial park.  No “racking” or shelving storage of boats vertically is allowed.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Remembering the refugees on Veterans Day
From 1942 to 1947 John Larson, of Taylors Falls, corresponded frequently with a German academic that he’d met while attending Hamline University.  Prince Hubertus zu Lowenstein was a guest lecturer at small colleges throughout the midwest.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

HRA hears of housing success; ESSBY loan interest rate reduced
You win some and you lose some.  This would be the theme of last week’s county HRA/EDA meeting;  where one effort initiated almost two decades ago has proved itself a success and another project that the county is enmeshed in -- not so much.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Did I see snowflakes in Taylors Falls? Let's come together to support an angel
Boy, you can sure tell we are quickly approaching the Christmas shopping season.  There are lots of Holiday craft fairs and bazaars taking place in the next few weeks.  Today and tomorrow, you are invited to the Fairview Lakes Auxillary Bazaar and Bake Sale in Wyoming.  Then this Saturday is the very popular Chisago Lakes PTO craft show.  Held at the middle school, the show features many local crafters and food vendors.  Next Saturday, you are invited to Lindstrom City Hall for the Holiday Craft Fair. The hall will be filled with many vendors with great ideas for holiday gifts.  Proceeds will help fund Harmony in the Park concerts next year.
Thursday, November 6, 2014

Teacher grateful to have served as W.A.V.E.
During World War II, training of military pilots nearly exclusively involved men. But many of those pilots rarely moved on to specialize in flying fighter or bomber planes until they had learned the basics skills from a woman.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

We should be eating these
Is a sweet potato as sweet as a yam? Let’s find out. The true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine and is not related to the sweet potato at all. The darker skinned potato that we find most often in the produce department is often mistakenly called a yam. This thick, dark orange potato has a bright orange, sweet flesh with a moist texture. It is found everywhere in American grocery stores, while yams are found in Latin American and the Caribbean. The true yam has a brown or black skin that looks a little like the bark of a tree, with an off-white, purple or red flesh. This tuber can grow more than seven feet long and can weigh up to 100 pounds. You could feed 50 or more people at a sitting!
Thursday, November 6, 2014

2014 Election Results
The voters of Chisago County produced some mixed results in Tuesday’s election balloting. In some cases incumbents were victorious, but in other races change was in the wind. Voters in this county did not support returning the highest office-holders like those seats in congress and for governor. Bucking the overall winning results, Chisago County voters went for Stewart Mills, Mike McFadden and Jeff Johnson who were all defeated by Rick Nolan, Al Franken and Mark Dayton, respectively. But when it came to local races like county office-holders and the school boards, the incumbents ruled.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

City council votes 5-0 to accommodate sand plant sale
As long as operations at the sand processing facility continue the same as they have been-- and changes are not made to state air quality permits regulating the site-- the North Branch City Council Monday night was okay allowing Tiller and Lansing Trade Group new permit language so the sand plant can be sold to Lansing.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chisago Lakes sewer group holding 2015 rate steady
The Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission has determined that the rates charged to member cities for wastewater treatment services will not need to be increased in 2015.  If your sewer bill goes up, it will be the result of a local budget decision, not the CLJSTC.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Verizon tower receives okay for Hwy. 8 site
The Wyoming cell phone communications tower cleared its final hurdle last week when the Wyoming City Council okayed the permit 5-0.  Verizon has long-sought a tower location in the general Comfort Lake region, and finally found this site;  on Highway 8 on the parcel next to Sigstad Carpet & Flooring. Owner Bob Bohnen attended the meeting to observe the vote allowing the real estate division of Verizon to lease space on his property, to erect the 75 foot tower.
Thursday, October 30, 2014

All dressed-up and some place to go...
The Northwoods Humane Society had a great turnout for its fall fundraiser, Pet Fest at Chisago City Community Center,  Staurday October 25.  Dogs and their humans were encouraged to come in costume and this spider-dog, above, didn’t seem to mind his get-up at all...there was one “referee dog”  brave enough to take a whiff, but most of the other dogs were not so welcoming of  the creature.  There were booths for pets and owners to tryout skills at carnival games and every 15 minutes you could do a cake walk. Everything from homemade dog treats to pecan pie could be purchased at the bake sale.  Visitors could meet with pet care provider Bonnie Anderson, HPC Pet Sitting; or talk with animal dentistry students and veterainarian Dr. Ann Edmonds. Chuck & Don’s pet store had a display and treats, and you could ask about behavior issues with a Bark Busters dog trainer.  Northwoods Humane Society is at 7153 Lake Boulevard (Hwy 8), see www.northwoodshs.org.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

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