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December 11, 2017

Northern county township lands nearly $2 million in state grant
Fish Lake Township has won $1.833,724  as a state economic development grant to improve broadband service in the township.  Township Clerk Andrea Nekowitsch tells the Press everybody who worked on this application is excited and the township supervisors have started to work on finalizing details with provider CenturyLink. When a timeline and other matters are worked out there will be an update.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

No injury reported in North Branch school bus rear-end accident
Ice-coated roads were causing difficult driving conditions all over Chisago County Tuesday morning and North Branch was no exception.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Decades of tradition in final season
The Christmas display at 8785 Green Lake Trail, rural Chisago City will be lit up for a final season in memory of Raymond and Betty Pliscott. Christmas was always the most favorite time of the year for them. Even when times got tough they always made sure Christmas was a big celebration for family and friends. No one would leave without a full stomach and a gift.
Friday, December 1, 2017

City Council workshop on Lakes Area P.D. contract well attended
Lindstrom City Council and in fact, many local councils, hold “workshops” periodically which is an informal meeting format, allowing staff and elected officials to devote time on one or two issues to be picked apart and discussed more so than a regular 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. meeting agenda allows.  No votes are taken in workshop.  If action is needed, the matter goes onto a regular council agenda.
Friday, December 1, 2017

Local authorities investigating fatal fire in Chisago City
One person reportedly died in a fire in Berglund Mobile Home Park, west of Lofton Avenue and just north of Hwy 8. Firefighters were called to the scene about 2 a.m.
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Lighting Festival figurehead truly a noble lady
Mary Anne Mattson may have officially “retired” 11 years ago,  but life’s pace hasn’t slowed much. She cares for a one-year-old great grandchild two days a week, works for Shafer Township as treasurer, paying the government bills and fielding phone calls about rough roads...and her extensive gardenbeds on the Mattson farmstead are as tidy as can be.
Friday, November 24, 2017

City Council reviews franchise fee during public hearing Nov. 14
North Branch council opened the public hearing last week on potentially enacting a franchise fee on energy customers (gas or electric) in the city and just one person spoke.  Derek Green’s concern was inflation of the fee-- he mainly wanted some kind of guarantee in the ordinance it couldn’t be increased at-will by elected officials in the future,  and get out-of-control.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Lindstrom has more questions on 3 percent lodging tax, action tabled
The America’s Best Communities contest gave legs to an economic revitalization plan developed by the group competing in the national competition-- except for the proposed lodging tax, which is still in-limbo.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Council addresses cost of 2018 downtown park, street improvements
The Chisago City Council and City Administrator John Pechman met Nov. 14 to discuss details of next summer’s street work and downtown improvements.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Taylors Falls officially kicks off the holiday season with lighting festival
With Thanksgiving also comes the Christmas season and Taylors Falls cordially invites you and your family to the annual Lighting Festival.  The festival runs three days - Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday has an arts and crafts sale at the depot from 1-8 pm.  There is a community hike from 1-2 pm that will meet at the community center (depot) and departs from there.  The Folsom House is open for tours from 3-8 pm.  At 5 pm, Mrs.Claus will read to children at the library.
Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanks for turkey leftovers
Thanksgiving….a time to give thanks for all we have in our lives. Often, surgeons will ask the patient or family to pause for a moment of prayer before a surgery or an illness. We all need prayer in our lives and to be thankful for each day. Thanksgiving…..the giving of thanks not just today but everyday.
Friday, November 24, 2017

City council tells staff to solicit new fire hall quotes
The full Center City Council voted last week to direct staff and firefighters to take a more surgical approach on plans for expanding and improving the fire hall.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Vets and Taylors Falls students; a great combination
Taylors Falls  students got some quality time with area veterans last week as part of a longtime program offered at the school.  There’s a light lunch at the Taylors Falls fire hall too.  Photos show some of the activities the kids enjoy with the visiting veterans, Don and Verna Grover.
Friday, November 17, 2017

Student Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen winners recognized
The Voice of Democracy and Patriot’s Pen are two contest that VFW Post 1678 sponsors for Chisago Lakes students.  The Voice of Democracy is for high school students and  requires the participants to write and deliver a speech on a topic. This year’s topic was: “ American History: Our Hope for the Future”.  The first place winner in Voice of Democracy was Isabelle Lindahl (12th grade) Katherine Peterson (10th grade) received 2nd Place and Zachary Doyscher (10th grade) 3rd place. 
Friday, November 17, 2017

It's that time of year
We are in another “season of” at this time of year….. mainly pheasants, ducks and deer. Hunters have been outfitted with all sorts of hunting clothes.  Our family deer hunters with their  bright orange jackets, pants, gloves ,caps and heavy boots, hand and toe warmers (at least our hunters use the warmers) take a brunch break  at Grammas every year. They look like a bunch of left-over jack-O-lanterns coming through the door with either a smile on their faces telling me they were successful or a frown and I know what that means. After a meal; home-made caramel-cinnamon rolls as an appetizer, (a given every year and I dare not stop making them), orange juice, eggs, bacon, raisin toast and hash browns, they all head for the couch or floor with arms wrapped around pillows, snoozing until it’s time to go out in the fields again. Oh, what memories  that I get to re-live every autumn!
Friday, November 17, 2017

Trick or Treat on Mainstreet participants
Some of the visitors at the Food Shelf on Friday’s Trick or Treat on Main Street each received a grab of candy, a honey crisp apple, and a king size pack of cookies.
Friday, November 3, 2017

County Board real estate update shows no 'solar effects'
Anybody who is trying to sell a home or vacant property is likely pleased with the rebound of real estate in Chisago County; but for staff in the county assessor and auditor offices, sales activity also means data-updating and monitoring how it all impacts the county overall tax capacity.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Routine addition of chlorine underway in Lindstrom system
The water customers of the City of Lindstrom can expect to see about another week of chlorination of city water, and Public Works Director Mark Dzubay is confident there won’t be any additional measures needed once this response to a coliform non-compliant city water sample is complete. He said the problem was more than likely due to handling of the sample and he has no concern about the city water system.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Hemingway extension memo ok'd and Schoolview plat is finalized
The North Branch City Council last week approved a final plat, development agreement and letter of understanding with Chisago County getting the ball rolling on a development package, bringing over 100 homes and creating two commercial sites along the south side of #95 east of Grand Avenue. 
Friday, November 3, 2017

Take advantage of a great deal, this weekend is filled with stuff to do
With the help of some wonderful community members, you and I can take advantage of a half price energy audit. Done through Xcel Energy, the audit normally runs $120, but with those members I spoke about, your cost is lowered to just $50.  Xcel will come to your home or business and complete a thorough audit letting you know where you are losing money and where and how you can save money.  Please go to chisago.cleanenergyhub.us to register. Act now, there are only so many audits available at the $50.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Pumpkins are a fall favorite
It’s about pumpkins today. I have a few “Did you know?” facts about pumpkins that I didn’t know. They are 90 percent water. In the past, American Indians roasted long strips of pumpkin over an open fire as food. They once made mats out of these strips as well. It is said that the origin of pumpkin pie is that the Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops, removed seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and honey. Then the pumpkin was baked in hot ashes. (I prefer to use the oven!)
Friday, November 3, 2017

Public hearing Nov. 28 on next year's street projects
The summer construction season may be months away but the Chisago City Council is already busy preparing for next year’s downtown street improvements.
Friday, November 3, 2017

Assault at Harris area group home alleged
A staff member at a vulnerable adult group home, located outside of Harris,  is alleging she was sexually assaulted at the house October 14.  Two felony counts of criminal sexual conduct have been filed against a 20-year-old man,  who authorities arrested and booked three hours after the alleged incident was reported at 10:20 p.m.   
Friday, October 27, 2017

Ecumen selling Parmly LifePointes to Monarch
Ecumen Parmly LifePointes in Chisago City is being sold to Monarch Healthcare Management of Mankato, Minnesota.
Friday, October 27, 2017

Eagle Scout brings ball pit to Doyle ballfields
Matt Stark, Chisago City, in photo holding sports ball,  built a ga-ga ball court at Rick Doyle Memorial Ballfields in Stacy as his Eagle Scout project. Local officials, Lions members and Scouts celebrated completion last week. Stark is the first Eagle in Troop 11 in over 20 years. The Troop disbanded in 2004 but reorganized in 2013.  The dodge-ball like game pit is next to the playground at the multi-field facility.  Stacy Lions sponsored the project. Scouts pictured inlude: Jacob Gibbs, Nate Unruh, Ruth and Steve Stark behind scout Bart Buske, Stacy Mayor Mark Utecht, with Lions members Tony Olivolo and Jerry and Darla Schroder, and to rt. Scout Leader Kirby Olson.

Friday, October 27, 2017

County takes step to remove fuel tanks, preparing Stacy site to sell
The abandoned gas station and car-wash at the northeast corner of Stacy Trail and the freeway;  has long been a sore spot with Stacy city officials.  The property went tax forfeit in 2014 after years of sitting un-used.  But, hopefully, by the time the next sales cycle of county-managed tax forfeit parcels rolls around--the County Board was recently told that the site should be on the list of available properties.
Friday, October 27, 2017

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