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April 21, 2018

Snow-snow-go away - seriously, lots to do in coming weeks

You know what is funny about 14 inches of new snow?  Nothing.  But about this time last year, I was writing in my column about boating and fishing.  On Friday, April 13, as I drove home past Chisago Lake, I counted 11 trucks out on the ice.  From what people braver than me have told me the ice is around two feet thick.  Now throw 13-14 inches of insulation on top of it and who knows how long we will be looking at ice.  The opener is May 12 - I think (hope) we will be good by then.   The ice-out contests are going to be tough to guess dates for this year.

Friday, April 20, 2018

What is the cruciferous vegetable family?

Do you know which veggies belong to the cruciferous vegetable family? I didn’t for a long time, but reading about different kinds of veggies and about their nutrition values, I’ve become very familiar with the fact that brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, carrots, scallions and broccoli are all included in this family. It’s about broccoli today.

Friday, April 20, 2018

No endorsement at 8th Congressional District Democrat convention
The Democrats in the Eighth Congressional District race will hold a primary in August,  due to the congressional convention delegates failing to endorse one candidate.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Phifer not moving campaign to Primary
Leah Phifer has made the decision not to move her candidacy for 8th Congressional District representative forward into a DFL primary election.  “My goal, since first declaring my candidacy in October 2017, has always been to win the DFL endorsement, bring new voices to the table and strengthen the party,” said Phifer. “A divisive primary season would only serve to weaken the party and distract from the issues affecting the people of the 8th District.”
Friday, April 20, 2018

Habitat for Humanity receives $10,000 grants
East Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity thanks Stearns Bank of North Branch and Pine City for the wonderful generous donations of $10,000 each that will assist building homes for three deserving families during this 2018 construction season.
Friday, April 20, 2018

North Branch School's Superintent Deb Henton receives award
The North Branch community came out to congratulate Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton for her well-deserved recognition in being named Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.  Past and current School Board members, friends and family and school district staff stopped by the reception, held at the high school April 12 for officially presenting the award that was announced a few months ago.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

New Historical Society museum, research space featured in public open house April 21
The transition that the Chisago County Historical Society has undergone over the winter is perfectly timed for the big reveal this spring season, assuming there is one.  In just a couple days--Saturday,  April 21-- the historical society volunteers’ hard work over the last few months will be in the public eye. 
Friday, April 20, 2018

Juvenile tied to NBHS shooting threat to enter residential treatment facility
The 17-year-old North Branch male, arrested for threatening to use a firearm at North Branch High School in February, will be getting treatment in a residential in-patient facility. He must stay away from all North Branch school buildings and grounds, and write an apology to school officials for his conduct.
Friday, April 13, 2018

St. Croix-Namekagon anniversary kick-off
Opening Day of major league baseball was playing second fiddle last week to a crowd gathered marking Opening Day of the St Croix Scenic Riverway.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Planning Commission sends County Board two solar revisions
The Chisago County Planning Commission couldn’t decide on one revised solar permit ordinance draft to recommend to the County Board; so members voted last week to send two ordinances.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Center City hikes sewer and water fees; sets bond sale date
Center City Council has raised sewer and water rates effective for usage in the billing quarter starting July.  The council adopted the set of city fees that it reviews annually, 5-0. 
Friday, April 13, 2018

County Board refining ag ditch concerns; including process of defining benefits, repairs, alignments
A state ditch and waters buffer law enacted to improve water quality protections in a state known for its “10,000 lakes” is having a ripple effect on local government.
After taking a deep look at the network of agricultural ditches in Chisago County local officials learned that some ditch sections are long overdue for TLC.  The annual inspection process hasn’t been as regular as perhaps it might have been, and the condition of some lengths of ditch is dire.  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Downsized recipes for two
Are you cooking a meal for one or two people? Cooking a small amount of food can be challenging.  It can be hard to figure out what to prepare after many years of cooking when members of your family have “left the nest” for one reason or another. Why did I make mashed potatoes using 4 potatoes for two of us? I could make cream of potato soup, potato patties or a layered casserole using browned hamburger or leftover beef, veggies, potatoes and gravy poured over the top and baked for about 20 minutes or until hot. Make a salad and have a dish of fruit sauce (canned peaches, applesauce, pudding, etc.) to round out a good meal.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Opioid crisis in our area? It is everywhere, learn how to help
On April 18, the entire community is invited to the Chisago Lakes High School Performing Arts Center for a seminar on an epidemic that is real and is in our neighborhoods.  The seminar will teach us about the opioid crisis and will be feature speakers from Hazelden Betty Ford, Chisago County Sheriff’s Department, Lakes Area Police Department, Community Partnership and Pharmacist Dr. Brent Thompson. 
Friday, April 13, 2018

Public notice announcing the availability of an environmental assessment
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Album release party for Chisago Lakes alum
Kristine Wriding’s singer-songwriter life story began  not with a shout, but a whisper and that’s fine with her, she says.  She has no aim to be a one-hit-wonder. Her plan from the start was for honing her songwriting and performing skills while learning all aspects of networking and marketing.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Abandoned cemeteries need to be paid some attention; local government takeover proposed
There have been a couple situations over the decades where cemeteries in Chisago County have out-lasted the church congregation or perpetual care group watching over those who lie there.  When no relations remain who are interested in keeping the cemetery in good repair, or the church is dissolved, who becomes responsible? 
Friday, April 6, 2018

Comfort Lake - FL Watershed District no longer budgeting for Eurasian Water Milfoil fight
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District managers  were prioritizing use of undesignated monies,  for projects that weren’t at the very top of the list, after having established most of the district’s work plan for 2018. 
Friday, April 6, 2018

We are looking for the next Richard Hjort, clip and save
I have written here many times before, I am a snow lover. I love to ski, snowshoe, snowmobile and ice fish. But seriously - this is getting ridiculous.  Last week I was sweeping my driveway, getting rocks that the snow plows had kicked up off the drive.  Yesterday I was snowblowing for the third time since Friday.  Third time.  Now I hear this is supposed to continue for another week or so, again, c’mon - give us a break here. I don't know I am trying to find a positive here - our lakes should be higher right? No wait, then people could have flooding issues. Our grass will be greener? Then we have to mow more.  I am really grasping at straws here. 
Friday, April 6, 2018

Soup is not just for lunch
Well, Well! I was thinking when April came we would be done with snow. According to the calendar spring started a couple weeks ago. My thinking was the meals we prepare could go from oven to table, as often happens in the colder days of winter. But then we have oven meals whether it’s 20 degrees or 70 degrees.  I’m not counting on 70 degrees in the very near future. Anyway since I’m a lover of soup for a meal, crackers and a cookie or two is a full meal.  One of our sons tells his wife that soup is not a dinner but should be a lunch. Sorry Paul, if you add some type of bread and a salad it becomes a full meal….so there you go.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Hearing held, judge revises conditions of Coleman's release
There was a court hearing March 28 in Center City  on conditions of release for  Eric Joseph Coleman, 45, accused of fatally injuring a boy January 26 with his snowmobile. The victim was on Chisago Lake ice fishing with his mom and dad.
Friday, April 6, 2018

Paradise Park in Chisago City was filled with young Easter egg hunters eager for the annual spring event-- rain or shine, snow or ice they have a blast dashing to collect  the plastic treat-filled eggs. There are also prizes for bonnets or hats, that are decorated in the spirit of the season.

Friday, March 30, 2018

New public safety center to open doors soon
The Chisago County Public Safety Center;  at $24 million and enough square feet to carry on a nearly two-hour tour, ranks as the biggest project this generation of taxpayers will undertake.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District project reducing Moody Lake pollution by 60 percent
When the Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District (CLFLWD) worked with one farmer, to restore one wetland, that fed one small fishing lake, the result was a sixty percent reduction in phosphorous loading to Moody Lake, within six months. Excess phosphorous is the number one source of pollution to freshwater lakes and results in increased algae growth.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Franconia Township tables vote on halting solar permits, zoning takeover
It was Friday night and things were hopping at Franconia Township Hall.
Friday, March 30, 2018

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