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Size of township board; clerk position to be on ballot and citizens give supervisors tasks
In excess of 100 citizens attended a special township meeting called by petition in Lent Township Monday night. The grassroots action was township government at its most basic form.  The agenda included taking votes by voice or raise of hand,  on a number of issues the citizens are demanding their township supervisors act on. 
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chisago City man is victim in Dec 10 fatal crash
The identity of a man killed in a two vehicle crash December 10 on Highway 8 has been released by the state patrol.
Friday, December 12, 2014

4-H club collects over 500 toys for Toys for Tots program
The Soaring Eagles 4-H club collected over 500 toys and stuffed animals for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Master Sergeant Crismon and Sergeant Hatfield visited the 4-Hers, parents, and grandparents at their December 4th meeting at the Scandia Community Center, and shared information about the Toys for Tots program and its impact on children who otherwise would not have received toys this Christmas.  
Friday, December 12, 2014

Congressman Oberstar service being memorialized with I-35 highway designation
The U.S. Senate has approved naming the I-35 corridor from Forest Lake to Duluth after James Oberstar. Oberstar served 36 years in the U.S. Congress representing the 8th District in the House of Representatives.  The James L. Oberstar Memorial Highway will be officially commemorated and posted at a later date.
Friday, December 12, 2014

Plenty turn out for Lindstrom Lightning Festival
The city of Lindstrom welcomed everybody to town for unveiling the holiday lighting at the park next to the Veterans Memorial and a chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the chamber of commerce/tourist center.  Pictured are Karl Oskar Days ambassadors with event organizers, singers from Sankta Lucia program, and a couple of youngsters sharing a moment with Mrs Claus.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 levy tweaked, but Board does not adopt unanimously
The county commissioners heard from about a dozen taxpayers attending the public hearing December 3 to register complaints about the proposed 2015 county portion of property taxes. 
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Facilities projects rated; reviewed

If you are anticipating  improving your home or expecting major maintenance expenses,  ideally, you make a plan.  If you are a school district facing facility shortcomings and repairs  you also need a plan. And, because school sites are used by the public and paid for by the public, you must expect lots of opinions about what’s most important to go on the To Do List.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fairview opens new clinic in Chisago City
Many came and celebrated with Fairview staff and administrators, at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the new clinic and pharmacy in Chisago City.  The facility opened its doors to patients Tuesday, Dec. 9   Fairview’s Vice President of Operations Steve Endrud commented that the new clinic is the culmination of a promised set of outcomes that Fairview made to the original doctors’ group, Chisago Health Services, when the organizations came together over 20 years ago.   The new construction provides a pharmacy with a drive-through, eye care/glasses, behavioral health care, sleep lab, physical therapy and more in a new setting at a location known for 40 years for providing healthcare.  See the special advertising publication for details.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wyoming levy adoption delayed; streetlight fee considered by council
The action expected at the December 2 Wyoming City Council on adopting next year’s levy was delayed.  

The council agreed to meet informally Tuesday this week and go over some issues on what will be the setting of the city’s portion of payable 2015 taxes.  
The next council meeting is December 16.  The levy adoption has to happen before Dec. 28.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

TF Council hears no objection at tax hearing
Taylors Falls held a particularly brief taxation hearing for 2014, as no property owner or other resident appeared at city hall Dec. 8 for the levy hearing.
Council members will meet  Dec. 29, when they are due for certifying the city budget and tax levy for 2015.

The council expects to consider a levy of $638,191 for next year. It was the preliminary amount that they approved in September. The figure represents an increase of 3.38 percent over the current year’s levy of $617,333.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We say goodbye to one of the good guys; I forgot something quite big
Our community has lost another wonderful asset.  Pete Grundhoefer has gone to a better place. Pete was a partner in one of the longest running law firms in Chisago County, Johnson, Grundhoefer & Alliegro.  whose office is in Center City. 
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Looking into the cake file
Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, perhaps you’ve had enough of the different kinds of pies served. I decided to look in my “cake file” and found different kinds of cakes you might like to try. Something that is different from chocolate, white or yellow cake, often made from a box mix. I’m not against using a box mix that can be put in the oven in matter of minutes but if you have the time, make a “from scratch” cake. Some recipes start with a box mix with other ingredients added to the batter making it an “almost from scratch” cake. I often cut a bit of the cake from the corner to test it. Bud will say, “I see we’ve had a mouse in the house again who’s been checking out the cake.” I always agree with him.
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Lightning Festival features favorite holiday traditions
The free horse-drawn wagon ride was a favorite of Saturday visitors at Taylors Falls Lighting Festival last weekend.  The churches in town  also had special happenings taking place,  and the community center (old depot) and historic Folsom House, were bustling with Lighting Festival events.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chisago City extends deadline for city council appointment; population hits road state aid level
Residents of Chisago City who might have interest in serving on their council may take an extra week to apply for an opening. When Don Taylor stepped down from a recent council seat in mid-October, to coincide with a sale of his home and a move out of the city, his remaining colleagues declared a vacancy and announced the city would take applications through Nov. 20. They scheduled any interviews to take place before a regular council meeting Nov. 25, when they planned to consider an appointment for the job.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chisago Lakes and North Branch school resource officers are among few being provided statewide
In an era of open school enrollment;  where districts are competing for enrollees, usually by touting their uniqueness;  Chisago Lakes and North Branch communities can boast of offering something that seven in 10 schools in Minnesota are not providing:  a school resource officer.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Transportation Plan proposes NB roundabout; other projects
The federal highway administration has accepted  Minnesota’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP.)

The plan includes  hundreds of upcoming public works, bridge, trail and mass transit projects from the border with Canada to Rochester, MN.  

There are a number of STIP projects that will affect Chisago County residents and those who commute.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Promoting plaques for historic homes
The city of Taylors Falls has designated more than 40 of its homes and other buildings as historic preservation sites. The distinctive properties join Interstate Park, the St. Croix River and other local attractions in drawing tourists from the Twin Cities and further.

Resident members of the city’s Historic Preservation Commission are hoping that owners of the special homes will support a new program where they can mark their houses with bronze plaques which would inform guests of when the structures were built.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

TFFD celebrates Centennial
The Taylors Falls Fire Department celebrated its Centennial last weekend with an Open House in the fire hall...there was a collection of memorabilia, a video of the Livery Mall fire and brats and refreshments upstairs,  and the rigs were on display and open for kids and adults alike to see the equipment.  The collectible Lighting Festival ornament for 2014 commemorates the fire department anniversary.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Rep. Dettmer looking forward to leadership on vets' issues
State Representative Bob Dettmer, R-District 39A, is looking forward to the upcoming legislative session where his leadership assignment and the Republican House majority mean he’ll be able to impact veterans issues-- an area he cares deeply about and has some expertise in. 
Thursday, December 4, 2014

No wake heard, action by board pending
The County Board held a public hearing in November to include significant acres of local lakes under what’s known as the slow-no-wake rule.

The Board was told that the county’s existing “no wake ordinance” protects only a limited number of local lakes,  and that new wording will clarify enforcement countywide, especially during times of high water when temporary no-wake restrictions are imposed.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Easy hamburger dishes
I’m not going to talk about the fact that December is already here, but it is! Have you had enough to turkey or ham over the past week? I never get tired of eating turkey as there are so many ways to serve it, but that was last weeks’ column. I’m not going to talk anymore as I have a lot of what I think are good hamburger recipes. Most of todays recipes can be prepared and put on the table in about 40 minutes or less. Can you believe this... I’m getting right to recipes, starting with two quick and easy recipes for hors d’oeuvres to serve an “in between” the holidays party.
Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving celebrated around the schools
I am thankful letters from Mrs. Greene’s class at TF
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Celebrate T.F. firefighters' 100th year with Royal Lady
The honoree chosen for this year’s Taylors Falls Royal Lady has upped the ante for all the subsequent ladies who might be considered in the future.  It’s truly a sign-of-the-times, that you now can add tekkie to what a Royal Lady brings to the table.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Artists can get involved in Barn 'Quilt Trail' coming to Chisago Lakes
Continuing the momentum of its “Life is GREAT on Highway 8!” campaign, the Chisago Lakes Area Community Foundation is developing a barn quilt trail.  Barn quilts are colorful quilt block patterns painted on 2, 4, or 8-foot wood squares.   The first barn quilts in America were created in 2001, in Ohio.  Since then, barn quilt trails can be found in 29 states. 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

No studs in Sunrise Trail route yet; issues remain
The County Board heard from some snowmobilers last week who supported opening the Sunrise Prairie Trail to studded sleds-- along the grassy edge of the corridor only-- but the Board wasn’t in the mood to give them what they wanted.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New 4-H Club collecting for the Toys for Tots program at Scandia site
The Soaring Eagles 4-H club is collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, and is inviting the public to drop off a toy from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on December 4 at the Scandia Community Center.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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