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home : news August 28, 2014

North Branch boy dies from injuries after being hit by car
An 11-year-old boy from North Branch has died from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a car Thursday, August 21. Authorities identified the boy as Dallas Kasper.


Monday, August 25, 2014


Lindstrom project to tackle standing water on Andrews Ave.
One of the larger ponding spots on Lindstrom city streets will be addressed with last week’s city council okay for a project at Montclair and Andrews Avenue, behind Casterton Title, CNC Auto and the old Corey gas station.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Council OKs permit, bonding for assisted living
The Taylors Falls City Council has approved a conditional use permit and also authorized tax increment bond financing for an assisted living center to be built west of Mulberry Street, across from Caneday Street.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

City election filings provide surprises as incumbents are being challenged
The elections have been set for cities in the Press readership area.  Friday, Aug 15 was the last day to withdraw a name from the ballots.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wyoming Council approves minor zoning requests in brief meeting
The Wyoming Council last week approved a couple of variances and a two-lot plat and paid the bills and went home.  Ken Tolzmann is dividing a 40-acre parcel basically into halves and wants to extend Hamlet Avenue and create a cul de sac that’s longer than what’s normally allowed.  His house will be on one of the lots.  He got the okay on everything 5-0.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

'Before and After' a project is done
The Lindstrom Park Board would like to say a big THANK YOU to Boy Scout Eli Klatt from Troop 159 for choosing Morning Sun Park as his Eagle Scout Project. For his project he installed drain tile, a drainage field, and replaced the woodchips in Morning Sun Park. This was a much needed improvement to the park as it has had standing water problems. With the record rainy weather in June, which really caused some additional challenges and delays, we have to say an extra thanks for all the hard work! We appreciate all that was done to fix the park and make it useable for all!
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sewer commission no longer pursuing idea of contracting for outside management
With three members absent the remaining six Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commissioners all voted last week to drop pursuit of an outside contractor.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Lindstrom council gives peninsula park purchase the OK
It will be a couple months yet before the deal is officially closed; but last week Lindstrom became the owner of a 33-acre entire peninsula on North Center Lake, which will remain undeveloped and used as public parkland.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Brush With Kindness recognizes stewards
A Brush With Kindness recognized its project site stewards recently
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preliminary county levy agreed upon 3-2
Along with the action on the 2015 levy, the county commissioners also:
~ Approved a Conditional Use Permit for the Apple Festival in the  Rural Retail and Tourism land use category.  This brings the 20-year old Amador Heritage Center and Apple Festival event into compliance with code.  The Apple Festival is held the third Sunday in September.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

County Board briefs...
The County Board approved a preliminary 2015 levy at an increase of 3.5 percent on a split vote last week.  Commissioners Lora Walker and Mike Robinson were opposed.  They floated motions revising 2015 allocations into road projects but both attempts died for lack of a second.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

North Branch Council says no to driveway #2 and will revisit long range growth area concept
The full city council was in attendance at Monday night’s meeting in North Branch.  
The council denied on a 3-2 vote;  a second driveway application for the owner of a home on a dead end street who wanted to punch another access through onto Flink Avenue, which his back yard abuts.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

This community never ceases to amaze me, your help is needed
Over the last month or so, we have been soliciting the public for school donations.  The donations would be handed out (discreetly) to those among us who are in trying times and are struggling a little.  Well, I am proud to say that your contributions have successfully packed 100 backpacks with school supplies that will be handed out this week.  Unbelievable.  I love this place.  You never cease to amaze me with your generosity and caringness.  Do you realize how happy you have just made 100 students in the Chisago Lakes School district?  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Thank you also to the great folks at Family Pathways in Chisago City for gathering, packing and dispersing the supplies.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Now's the time for tomatoes
They come in all shapes and sizes and pack a powerful array of disease-fighting nutrients. Juicy, sweet tomatoes picked off the vine are one of summer’s greatest veggies. They are really a fruit, but I won’t go into that. No matter how you eat them, whether in wedges, round slices, chunks or squished, they add a bit of tang to salads, sauces, salsas and more.
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Peninsula purchase gets unanimous vote
It will be a couple months yet before the deal is officially closed; but this week Lindstrom became the owner of a 33-acre entire peninsula on North Center Lake, which will remain undeveloped and used as public parkland.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Free appliance disposal for limited time at stations
The East Central Solid Waste Commission  will accept appliances free of charge, during business hours,  until Wednesday August 27 at the three waste transfer sites the commission controls. The transfer site nearest to Chisago County  is the Cambridge facility, on Highway 95 (three miles east of downtown Cambridge.)
Thursday, August 21, 2014

KiChi Saga Days 5k/15K race results
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Assisted living site clears hurdle in Taylors Falls planning vote
It’s looking like the city of Taylors Falls will be the site of a new assisted living facility;  number four under the ownership of Community Asset Foundation.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ford supports county Relay for Life
Anderson & Koch Ford raised a little over $4,000 in its Drive 4 UR Community promotion held earlier this summer to raise money for Relay For Life.  Ford Motor Company and dealers donate $20 for each test drive of a Ford vehicle during a certain time period.  The Anderson & Koch Drive 4 UR Community initiative was held June 21 at Lake State Credit Union,  in North Branch.  Pictured accepting this generous donation to support the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life are Martha Arnold, center and Jeske Noordergraaf, with Bill Young, of Anderson & Koch.
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Duncan, Rollins win in Primary
The turnout for Tuesday’s primary election was in the double digits in all but a couple of precincts in Chisago County’s 23 polling places, which ranks this week’s turnout for a local primary fairly strong.  The least number of voters was in Shafer Township Precinct B. There were 34 registered and zero came out to vote.  The Center City precinct registered the highest percentage of voters,  with 81 votes cast of 405 registered voters for a 20 percent primary turnout.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Motions to bond for roads die; jail vote 'illegal'
Two big-ticket items were on the County Board agenda for discussion last week and it appears neither have any strong political support. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Solar power gaining ground as a shared community effort
Even with heavy snowfall last winter and days- on-end where the mercury didn’t get above zero;  Ed Eichten said there were maybe five days tops when the solar array;  helping to power Eichten’s bison and cheese making farm were under slow-melting snow cover. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last year's champ back at it in his rural Stacy workshop
The 2013 champion of the national Rat Rod Build-off and Cross Country Tour,  Chris Walker, of Stacy, is preparing to defend his title. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Shafer City Council proclaims 'Nellie Wilkinson Day', Keeney steps down
Shafer City Council met August 5 for a regular meeting.  The meeting began an hour early because of National Night Out festivities later in the evening.  All councilmember were present with the exception of Jesse Keeney.  The council quickly moved on a motion by councilmember Dan Vogel to consent agenda.  The motion passed 4-0.
Thursday, August 14, 2014

County budget being set for first (preliminary) levy hike in years
County Commissioners last week got a first look at what the budget and finance subcommittee has been considering for next year’s county tax levy.  County elected officials and department heads have come at this with sharp pencils, said County Administrator Bruce Messelt,  and “...everybody shared the pain” putting together what looks to be a 2015 budget anticipating an increase in local levy of about $355,000. 
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Lindstrom natives looking to open new restaurant in Center City; Manor property tabled for further study
Geoff and Cory Swenson, brothers, and Lindstrom natives, hope to open a restaurant in Center City by sometime early in 2015.


Thursday, August 14, 2014


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