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January 18, 2018

Solar ordinance revision attracts dozens to hearing
Approximately 70 to 80 people showed up braving sub-zero temps last week,  to get the conversation started at a public hearing on solar collection sites and what’s good and what’s bad about them.
Friday, January 12, 2018

US Sen. Smith makes first field visit of term here
Minnesota’s newest senator heard from officials with Pine Tech, Forest Lake Area schools and local workforce agencies about collaboration underway to help address a chronic shortage in this state  of skilled workers.  U.S. Senator Tina Smith was invited for her first official congressional field trip to Chisago County January 5-- to tour Wyoming Machine in Stacy and speak with local economic development and jobs training officials.
Friday, January 12, 2018

For Anderson; personal, professional lives overlapped over decades
If you look up longevity in the dictionary-- you just might see a picture of Loretta Anderson. Yet, you could search words like compassionate, positive, enthusiastic, reliable, and dedicated and find Anderson’s image too.  After 47 years of being employed at the same place and accumulating a job description that defies comprehension-- Anderson last week retired from Hazelden Betty Ford, Center City.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Shafer Council passes ordinances changes
Shafer City Council met January 2 for a regular meeting. No public hearings were scheduled so the council quickly moved to consent agenda which passed 5-0.
Friday, January 12, 2018

Celebration of the Lakes is changing, tons of new events for you to enjoy
If you have lived here for a while, then you most certainly have heard of the Celebration of the Lakes.  It started years and years ago with the intention of giving a little bit of fun to the community when we are normally locked inside our homes in the brutal winter. For years, we have had hot air balloons at the celebration, which when they flew was a sight, so beautiful floating over our frozen lakes. The problem with balloons is you need to have the wind stay below a certain speed in order to allow them to fly.  As you know, just by stepping outside, the winds can really howl in the winter. With that said, in all of my years here, I have seen the balloons cancel their flights more times than taking off.  So the committee had to figure out other ways for us to break up this long, cold winter. 
Friday, January 12, 2018

Tasty ground beef casseroles
We all know recipes baked in a casserole  can be layered or mixed, have a flaky crust or be topped with buttery crumbs. Most often they can serve four to 14 or 16 servings. As I’ve said, casseroles and soups are versatile, economical and most often easy to make… a perfect meal for this cold weather.
Friday, January 12, 2018

4-H'ers explore the world of knitting and crafting
Chisago County 4-H would like to publicly thank Ginny at Fabric Fashions & More in Rush City for instructing and hosting 4-H'ers at a cuddle scarf class over the holidays. 4-H'ers attended the workshop and each made their own scarf. To learn more about Chisago County 4-H call 651-277-0150 or email mnext-chisago@umn.edu. Pictured, above, back row: Addyson, Angela, Kayla, and Jennifer. Front row: Marshall, Abby, Karaigan, Natalie, and Kara.
Monday, January 8, 2018

Grant awarded to Civic Auditorium project
The Hardenbergh Foundation has awarded a capital project grant of $200,000 to the St. Croix Falls Civic Auditorium redevelopement project.  Jeff Peterson, Executive Director of the Hardenbergh Foundation, stated, “We appreciate the care with which the proposal for financial support of the City of St. Croix Falls was presented and are pleased to be in a position to help.”
Monday, January 8, 2018

North Branch's newest municipal off-sale opens
The City of North Branch announces the opening of its second municipal liquor store.  Located next to County Market,  on the west side of the freeway, this store is smaller in inventory and square feet than the city’s original off-sale, north of Hwy. 95 behind the Oak Inn and Holiday station, on the east side of #35.
Monday, January 8, 2018

McMahon to lead County Board, and appointments made
The new chair of the Chisago County Board is Commissioner George McMahon.  He was elected during the organizational meeting Tuesday this week on a 5-0 vote, with Commissioner Lora Walker attending from a remote site electronically.
Monday, January 8, 2018

C.L. Spotlight Awards from Hennepin Theatre Trust announced
The Hennepin Theatre Trust has awarded several Chisago Lakes High School musical performers with honors in the annual Spotlight on Education program.  The trust formally recognizes high school theatrical efforts and provides an opportunity for students to participate with fellow award winners, in a special live show on a professional stage in the Twin Cities as well.
Monday, January 8, 2018

Election system moving to digital age
Thanks to the impending distribution of updated county election equipment;  area election judges will get to say goodbye to one of the least enjoyable aspects of overseeing local elections-- dealing with the cumbersome heavy equipment. 
Monday, January 8, 2018

Warm up with a casserole
With all of the cold weather we have been having, I  often make casseroles or soups for a meal.  If there are leftovers they should be refrigerated or frozen for another meal.
Monday, January 8, 2018

You are the reason we do this... We want to improve your experience
If you are one of our many, many subscribers I would like to thank you.  If you are one of the hundreds of people who pick up the paper at the store, I would like to thank you too.  As you would imagine, newspapers (while some will tell you is a dying dinosaur) are thriving. Before you blow milk out your nose from laughing so hard, I would like to clarify what I mean.  While the paper industry may be flailing a bit, there is one thing that our measly little paper offers that others do not.  On what TV station or where on the internet can you read about local politics?  I mean really local.  Where on social media can you read about the local sports teams and how they are doing?  Where anywhere can you get local news, news that we bring you each and every week?  The answer is nowhere.  While papers such as the big city papers that employ hundreds of employees may in fact be struggling, we have the privilege to bring you the most indepth local news around.  Do we occasionally miss a story here or there? Of course, not intentionally mind you.  But we try our very hardest to make this the best little newspaper in the state.
Monday, January 8, 2018

Christmas Meal at First United Methodist
First United Methodist Church in Lindstrom held its 27th annual Christmas Meal on Monday. Over 130 people were served by 35 volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to help.
Friday, December 29, 2017

2017 new faces, old friends, the year in review
The North Branch Area public schools community is sending positive wishes  to Superintendent Dr. Deb Henton who is in the running to be selected as superintendent of the year nationally.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Lindstrom Council carves early levy from four to one percent hike
There were just three residents in the audience for last week’s Lindstrom property tax levy hearing. 
Friday, December 29, 2017

Shafer Council agrees to host Hockey Day Minnesota event, ok's MSA rates
Shafer City Council met December 19 for a regular meeting. Council member Tim O'Connor was absent.  No public hearings were scheduled so the council quickly moved to consent agenda which passed 4-0.

Friday, December 29, 2017

County board rejects changes to planning commission size, powers
The Chisago County Board rejected amendments proposed to the zoning code that would have expanded the planning commission by two and given the planning commission the authority to decide Interim Use and Conditional Use Permits.
Friday, December 29, 2017

County Road 20 project awarded
The Chisago County Board awarded the bid last week for replacing the County State Aid Highway #20 (North Lakes Trail) bridge on the channel between North Center and North Lindstrom lakes.  The Redstone Construction Company of Mora had the low bid,  of five that the county engineer received, coming in at $2,410,633.
Friday, December 29, 2017

Christmas was about giving this year, approach New Year's Eve with caution
Thanks so much to all of wonderful volunteers who helped serve the Christmas Meal held at First United Methodist Church on Monday.  The meal served a whopping 130 people and filled their bellies with great food and comaraderie.  The folks that put the meal on take time away from their families to make Christmas a little more bearable for those who are alone.  what a wonderful gesture.  What a great place we live in!
Friday, December 29, 2017

Appetizers are a must for a party
Well, the plan is that you won’t be reading the next column of “Food and Reflections” until next year. Did you know the Winter Solstice was on December 20th  when we have a bit more of daylight? Yea!! Who knows what 2018 will bring! I hope you had a joyful Christmas celebration with family and friends. If you are celebrating the New Year coming in, whether hosting or going to a friend’s home, appetizers for the get together are probably on your mind by now. Some guests may offer to bring an appetizer to add to the festive occasion, but check with the hostess as to what you should bring.  A variety of appetizers are a must and I have some suggestions for what you might like to serve. Today’s recipes are “do ahead” recipes, perfect for having foods ready without last minute preparation.
Friday, December 29, 2017

North Branch newest municipal, off-sale will be open on New Year's Day
The City of North Branch announces the opening of its second municipal liquor store.  Located next to County Market,  on the west side of the freeway, this store is smaller in inventory and square feet than the city’s original off-sale, north of Hwy 95 behind the Oak Inn and Holiday station, on the east side of 35.
Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Children bring out the holiday spirits
The Chisago County Press holiday coloring contest winners were really hard to choose this year-- we had many artistic entries, even one with cotton fluff glued on and glitter on some drawings this year.  Pictured is one of the winners, Arianna Husfeldt, 7, won with her neon interpretation of Rudolph.
Friday, December 22, 2017

North Branch Council sets franchise fees on 3-2 vote
The franchise fee was adopted last week on a split vote of the North Branch City Council, after about 90 minutes of discussion on estimated revenues for a variety of fee structures.  Council looked at revenue from a fee of $5 solely on electric franchise customers, or doing $3 and $3 on electric and gas franchise accounts and other configurations;  before settling on a fee of $3.50 for electric and $2 for natural gas utility subscribers. 
Friday, December 22, 2017

Chisago City Council adopts levy decrease
Chisago City’s Council ended 2017 on a positive note. At its regular Dec. 12 meeting, Chisago City council trimmed $44,000 from the 2018 preliminary budget and held the line on its 2018 tax levy.
Friday, December 22, 2017

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