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Lindstrom takes delivery of newest rig
The new truck will never be confused with belonging to anywhere but Lindstrom Fire Dept.
The new truck will never be confused with belonging to anywhere but Lindstrom Fire Dept.
About 100 firefighters, their families and city officials braved a lightning infused rain storm last week,  to witness a dedication event putting Lindstrom’s new fire truck into service.  Local Chaplain Chris Belfield blessed the truck and its personnel. A ceremonial first gallon of water was poured into the rig by hand, by Associate Chief Mike Gaustad, and Lindstrom Fire Chief Scott Sellman put in the radio call to 9-1-1 dispatch informing the communications center that the rig was officially live.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

North Branch high school brings popular comically-horrible 'Little Shop' to the stage
North Branch high school actors bring the musical version of the forever funky Little Shop of Horrors to the stage this week.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

City-owned libation outlets doing okay

The four taxpayer-owned liquor stores and bars situated in Chisago County are posting numbers right around the average of all the municipal operations in Minnesota, according to the 2014 data compiled by the state auditor’s office.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Center City purchase of county building hits snag
Center City’s acquisition of the former county Heartland Express garage, meant for a new Center City city hall,  is being delayed by technical difficulties.  Earlier hopes of the city council to get administration into the building by wintertime, now seem overly-optimistic.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Another council adopts solar energy ordinance amendments
Solar energy systems have been proposed and approved in rural areas of Chisago County, with the county board and also North Branch city officials having passed ordinances to regulate those projects.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lots to do around here, please don't spend this Thanksgiving alone
As you can imagine, with Thanksgiving already next week, and Christmas just around the corner, there is no shortage of things to do around here. Just look through this edition of the Press, you will find countless ads for fun family events.  We have five ads for turkey/ham/cash bingo nights. Not sure if you have ever taken your family to one of these, but we have made it a tradition in ours and we love it. It is fun to see friends and neighbors all laughing having a great time. The best part is, that each one of the bingos is for a great cause. 
Thursday, November 19, 2015

'Tis the season for cranberries
It is the season of cranberries, among other varieties of foods at this time of the year. Just a bit of information about cranberries. When the pilgrims landed in New England, the little crimson berry, now so popular on festive days, was a puny thing about the size of a pea growing in small patches. A gusty day way down Cape Cod way, the sea broke through a strip of beach and spread a level three inch carpet of sand over the best wild cranberry bog existing in those parts. When the people saw the havoc of the storm the feeling was bitter. But smothered plants finally broke through this disaster, lo and behold, the harvest of berries was multiplied four times in quantity size and flavor. The pilgrims were no longer angry with the storms that preceded this find. They helped to bring precious sand to help in growing cranberries throughout the peninsula.  End of information for now.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

County historical society putting new technology to work
The future and the past collided in a good way last week as the Chisago County Historical Society entered the digital age.  The society took possession of a ScanPro; a device that replaces the old microfilm viewing machine,  but also does so much more. 
Friday, November 13, 2015

Stud ban remains
A crowd of approximately  30 people watched as the county commissioners (Lora Walker absent) left intact the traction device ban along the Sunrise Prairie Trail corridor.  
Snowmobile enthusiasts have been lobbying the county commissioners for at least two seasons to remove the “stud” or traction device ban on the corridor,  and many hoped this winter would be the turning point.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Northern Natural Gas Co. eliminates Chisago Loop project in 2017 plan
Northern Natural Gas Company has decided not to pursue the Chisago Interconnect Loop.  Northen Natural  spokesperson Mike Loeffler,  told the Press the decision was made last week eliminating the Chisago Interconnect Loop from a pre-filing the company initiated with the FERC (federal energy regulatory commission.) 
Friday, November 13, 2015

Cast, crew get chance to shine in much-loved musical
Through a dozen years of staging Chisago Lakes High School’s fall musicals, from “Bye Bye Birdie” to “Annie” to “The Sound of Music,” director Dave Seaburg has heard one particular word frequently from the manystudents who have grown through this performance program.
Friday, November 13, 2015

North Branch volleyball heading to state, I took a much needed trip
Congratulations to the North Branch girls Volleyball team.  They have made it to the state tournament and will play their first game today.  Even at the end of last year, you could tell something was building, something special.  We are wishing the girls nothing but the best in their games!
Friday, November 13, 2015

One dish quick meals
This time of year with holidays just ahead of us, it’s good to have meals tha can be prepared quickly or by using one-dish. I like the one-dish deal as there are less dishes to clean up easily. There aren’t any kids living at home anymore so it’s up to me to do the clean up. Sometimes Bud will help, if we’re using paper plates, which I don’t use very often. If we do, he always says he’ll do the dishes... thanks a lot Bud!
Friday, November 13, 2015

Tereau pleads; several sentencings this month
A 45-year old North Branch resident,  recently charged with possessing pornography in violation of conditions of his release as a sex offender, has entered into a plea agreement.  Richard Lawrence Tereau will be sentenced January 25, 2016 on two felony counts of possession of pornography by a sex offender. 
Friday, November 13, 2015

Koran to seek District 32 GOP state senate seat
Mark Koran of Lent Township will challenge incumbent Sean Nienow for the Republican state senate District 32 endorsement.  Koran registered his campaign with the state campaign finance board  November 5.  District 32 includes all of Chisago County, minus the lower southeast corner,  which is represented by Sen. Karin Housley, R- St Mary’s Point.
Friday, November 6, 2015

Lindstrom Council finds no consensus on new city hall, P.D.
The vacant Smith Metals manufacturing facility, in Lindstrom,  just east of St Bridget’s Church will not be purchased by the city.   In a workshop last week the  council reviewed and discussed multiple long-range project concepts that are at the proverbial fork-in-the road;  and council nearly unanimously opted to quit putting any focus on acquiring the corner of Broadway and Hwy 8.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Veteran Services Dept. changes with the times
Al Budde, County Veteran Service Officer, has observed numerous changes in the five years he has served the veterans of Chisago County.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Construction manager named for new Chisago City fire station
Chisago City has its construction manager for next year’s fire station project on Karmel Avenue.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Planning commissioner appointed on split-vote, bypass hearing delayed
The city council last week rejected a recommendation from the North Branch Planning Commission to hold a public hearing on a transit route for Highway 95 to the industrial park. Instead the “bypass” concept will continue to be worked on. 
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Hunting widows, here is your chance to go out and have some fun; Vets honored
Hunting season opens this weekend.  What does this mean to me and you who are not hunters?  It means freedom. Freedom to finally do that shopping you wanted to do.  It means you can finally get together with your friends without feeling bad for leaving your spouse at home. It means finally trying that restaurant you have been meaning to try.  It means getting up early and spending a lazy morning at the coffee shop.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Mushroom picking time and recipes
Today’s recipes are aimed at myself... sort of. I am a fall, wild mushroom picker. People ask how I know which kind to pick. Easy answer. My mother taught me and several others in our family which were good and which were bad. I can’t even tell you the name of the variety we picked and I still pick. When it was mushroom picking time, which was always in October, mom would pack a lunch of sandwiches and apples as this was a full day affair. Mom always wore dresses except when it was mushroom picking time. Talk about “women shouldn’t wear long pants.” How can you pick mushrooms wearing a dress?! She would wear her “mushroom picking pants” just as I wear my “strawberry picking jeans.”
Thursday, November 5, 2015

Kids getting into the spirit of Halloween at Ojiketa
The weather and the natural setting were ideal for being outdoors for Falloween at Ojiketa Regional Park on Big Green Lake last weekend.  Here’s a group of youngsters who came in costume and played carnival games, enjoyed refreshments and other activities,  put on by Chisago City Parks and Falloween event volunteers.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Local option sales tax would boost roadwork activity, Board is advised
The public hearing may not be taking place until November 18,  but last week the County Board spent some time discussing a proposed local option sales tax and to what extent the revenues might accelerate needed county roadwork.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Wages, trailer park billing issues back on Water & Light agenda
The three-person North Branch Water & Light Commission last week wrestled with resolving two simmering issues...wage hikes for non-union utility personnel and  setting a formula for assessing mobile home communities’ water bills.
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Arts impact the economy; not just theory
When Minnesota citizens voted to put a dedicated sales tax in place in 2008,  to benefit arts and the environment;  how many voters envisioned this as an economic development tool?  Did voters check the ‘yes’ box for jobs and commerce to be created;  or was propping up Minnesota’s quality of life the motivating factor in passing what’s known as the ”Legacy Amendment.”
Thursday, October 29, 2015

This is the last weekend to be scared, a new business comes to Lindstrom
I had the privilege of taking the photo of the men and women who put together this year’s Kids Outerwear Fair at Trinity Lutheran Church last week.  Let me just say wow.  what an amazing group of people they have.  These folks have put together such a wonderful event that helps our friends and neighbors in need.  They supplied over 400 people with warm clothing for their kids and even some adults. 
Thursday, October 29, 2015

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