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home : news April 28, 2016

Tie-vote kills request for sewer bill credit
A sure-to-be-prickly item on the North Branch City Council  agenda last week didn’t come until two hours into a meeting that had already had its contentious moments.  Not surprisingly, the issue ignited tempers and council utilized a brief recess to calm things down about 9:15 p.m. before finishing up an arduous session April 12.
Friday, April 22, 2016


ABC team heading to North Carolina
Practice, practice, practice...you learned as a kid that it’s one of the keys to refining and perfecting anything. The Chisago Lakes region understands this concept as it contends for a substantial monetary prize meant to stimulate local economic vitality.  At the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Hazelden Betty Ford last week, a dress rehearsal of the Chisago Lakes’ America’s Best Communities competition presentation was critiqued by lunch-goers. Additionally, the plan has been the subject of months of meetings of the ABC working group. Input was collected at events like the FutureWalk open houses, Home & Business Expo, and summer gatherings including Karl Oskar Days.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Chisago Lakes compost site open
The Chisago Lake Joint Sewage Treatment Commission facility, north of Chisago City, is open for yard debris disposal and if you want to take home compost bring containers or a trailer or a pickup.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Council now holding meetings in 'new' city hall
Center City council members enjoyed the newness of spring April 5 holding their first regular meeting at new city offices on Center Avenue, in a building formerly occupied by Chisago County  Heartland Express services.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Kissner bringing Essential Yoga teachings to Lindstrom
After two years in Center City, there is some major changes coming at Essential Yoga.
Friday, April 22, 2016

ABC Committee heads to Durham, give the gift of reading the Press
A few weeks back, I wrote about the amazing work being done by A Brush with Kindness.  It is a group that I am lucky to be part of that specializes in the fixing of local homes that are in need of some repairs.  We have helped a ton of local residents fix their homes when they financially could just not make it happen.  I have seen lives transformed by a simple act. To see people from your own community actually care how people feel about their homes is so gratifying.  It seems everywhere I drive, I see a job that A Brush with Kindness has completed.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Get ready for raisins
They are convenient, ready to use and are a great snack that can be eaten right from the package. You can add them to salads, breakfast cereal, rice, stuffing, main dishes, puddings, cookies and baked goods  for a sweet, tangy flavor and chewy texture. Before I do recipes, I have some raisin tips for you.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hay Days vote as expected; added days are denied
The County Board made it final last week and voted to reject the Sno Barons’ Snowmobile Club request for a Conditional Use Permit to open up its Hay Days venue for other uses. 
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lindstrom Lodge makes donation
Hiram Lodge members are honored to be able to support Family Pathways by conducting the fifth annual fund drive. Members express sincere appreciation to the people of Chisago County whose generosity made the effort successful. It is only by the willingness to embrace the attributes of “Minnesota Nice” that such support for our community is possible.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Quilts of Valor and more featured at semi-annual show
“The Quilt Stars on Broadway”, the biennial Quilt Show presented by the Forest Lake Memorial Quilters guild will be held at the American Legion Event Center, 355 Broadway Ave. West, in Forest Lake. Show hours are Friday, April 22, 9-6 PM and Saturday, April 23, 9-4 PM.  Admission is $4. 
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Public safety center bids awarded
Chisago County is moving ahead on contracts with a host of companies whose bids for the new Public Safety Center were accepted.  The County Board kept momentum going on the public safety center project and followed the Jail Committee recommendations last week to award bids.  The committee, county administration and construction managers had reviewed the multiple sealed bids opened March 29.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Prom dresses for only $25? Our community lost some good people
Thank all of you who have responded so promptly with your renewal cards.  Remember folks that you have until the first week of May, so you do have a little time to get your renewals to us.  If you are a loyal reader of the Press but not a subscriber, we would love to have you as a subscriber.  You save $5 by subscribing and you get the paper delivered right to your mailbox. It is really as simple as that.  If you have a friend or neighbor that you think would love the paper, it also makes a wonderful gift. We have nice gift cards we can send them if you call us and set up their subscription. Or there is my favorite way, when someone comes in and pays for a year subscription for a friend or a neighbor and does it anonymously.  If that sounds like something you would like to give your friend or neighbor, just give us a call at 651-257-5115 and we will love to help you.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Main dish to dessert
What do you know about cream cheese? Well, cream cheese is a mixture of milk and cream, pasteurized and coagulated by a lactic acid starter. It is not “ripened” and has a mild flavor and buttery texture. Neufchatel (pronounced new-cha-tel) is a cousin to cream cheese, having less fat and more moisture. How do I know this? My “cheese guru” took me aside and told me to look in my cream cheese cookbook. Lots of information and good recipes in that book. I use a lot of reference books to learn quite a few things about a lot of things that I didn’t know before. It’s great to spread on muffins, bagel, snack crackers, etc. and is used in a variety of recipes.
Thursday, April 14, 2016

Wrongful death lawsuit filed in 2014 case, lawsuit alleges local establishment error
When 38-year-old Joel Rivard was reportedly found dead in the entryway to his home, in late May 2014, the common belief was it had all the signs of an accidental suicide.  The sheriff’s investigators wrote a several-pages long report and closed the case with no charges.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Girl Scouts sell 424 boxes of cookies for troops
The local Girl Scout troops sold cookies this Spring. They gave their customers the option to purchase cookies for our military. The girls did a fantastic job selling cookies for our military. Girl Scout Troops # 58650, 52925, 57426, 56332, 55207, 57425, 52347, 52954, 56329, 55205 of Mid du lac service units were the girls that sold cookies. 424 boxes will be sent overseas to the military. The boxes will be sent through Treats for Troops, which is a non-profit group that remembers our Minnesota military with care boxes.  A grant from Thrivent (a fraternal organization) will help with the shipping costs. Included in the shipments will be t-shirts from past Patriot Rides. Several hundred shirts were donated by Dennis Kirk of Rush City. With help from our community many military men and women will be blessed.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Long time volunteer instructors honored for their service
The newly-assigned Conservation Officer in Chisago County, Philip Mohs, was not even born when Charles Bergquist first volunteered to be a firearms skills and safety instructor for the DNR.  And, Mohs was four-years-old when Rick Ekstrand held his first firearms class.  Conservation Officer Mohs had the pleasant assignment this week to give the two men awards of recognition for their 40 and 30-years of service.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

North Star solar array clears final hurdle
The state’s largest solar array project,  dubbed “North Star” cleared its final hurdle when a unanimous  vote of public utility commissioners last week denied a landowners’ petition to reconsider.   The PUC received the petition from several property owners, south of 367th Street, alongside where the 800-acre North Star array is proposed to be erected this summer. 
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Shafer Council discusses road construction study
The Shafer City Council met April 5 for a regular meeting.  Council member Patty Mattson and City Attorney Ted Alliegro were absent.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blue cards are on their way; CL Schools want your input; what is a water trail?
This week you will be receiving your blue card in the mail from the Press. The card is your reminder that our annual subscriptions are due the first week in May.  We have made it super simple for you to renew. You can choose to send a check in or write your credit card info on the blue card.  Once we receive your card, we will make sure you don’t miss a single issue.  We work tirelessly on the paper each and every week to try and make your reading experience the best one in the state.  Thank you to each and every one of you for reading,. without you we would not exist.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chicken: The endless possibilities
It’s about chicken today. When I’ve said that I was brought up on a small farm, with animals (pigs, two milk cows, one sway-back horse used to pull a hay rack, a plow, a cultivator or a sickle and some chickens. Outside of hoeing in the corn fields (we grew sugar cane also), raking hay and picking potato bugs off the plants in the big garden, it was also my job to collect eggs from the hen house. This was not a fun thing to do unless you didn’t mind getting pecked on your hands as you reached under the hens to retrieve the eggs. I didn’t like doing it but that was the way it was. We always had plenty of eggs to eat and chicken every Sunday. And here I am .. no worse for the wear.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Highway 8 road closure in Chisago County extended through October
Motorists on both directions of Highway 8 will continue to encounter a road closure south of Taylors Falls.
Friday, April 1, 2016

NB Chief answers the call
North Branch Chief of Police Dan Meyer was tapped to be a guest delivery person for Meals on Wheels, to help get the word out about the program.  In photo he stops by Uptown  Maple Commons apartment complex, where he teamed up with Judy Weiss, Valerie Anderson and Brian Helmer, Jr., who help in the kitchen and with doing deliveries.  Resident-meal recipient  Annette Kalberg was kind enough to pose with the group.  Meals on Wheels is operated through Catholic Charities’  serving Isanti and Chisago counties, providing  home deliveries to remote locations as well as to participating seniors residing in the kitchen prep building. 
Thursday, March 31, 2016

City Council awards quotes for summer road chores; chicken-keeping action delayed
North Branch City Council breezed through its agenda Tuesday night last week, Council member Theresa Furman was absent and the agenda was light.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Chisago City welcomes first new fire chief in nearly a decade
Zach Reed becomes Chisago City’s new fire chief effective April 1, a day that will also mark 15 full years of service for him with the department. A resident of Chisago City since 1999, Reed came in with some fire training and service experience having volunteered with his hometown department in Linwood, starting at age 18. He is a 1992 graduate of Forest Lake High School.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Aquatic invasives prevention counts on you to do your part; learn from access inspectors
A group of people are actively gearing-up for next month’s official start of Minnesota’s boating season -- but not so they can be the first to hit the water.  These  folks setup and staff the public access inspection points working to ensure local lakes don’t take a crippling hit from invasive species or plants. 
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Center City historic structure comes down
The Park Island Resort building, in Center City,  started coming down last week.  The structure is over 100 years old-- MN Historical Society archives contain hotel photos dating to 1910.  Center City officials and the private owner have been working towards demolition of the building vacant  for several years.  It was last-used as a multi-unit dwelling for developmentally delayed adults and was shutdown by state regulators.   The first phase of demo called for removing the contemporary siding, picture shows heavy machinery that pulled it off the wood frame, loading the siding into a roll-off container. This took a couple days. Walls started to come down a few days later.
Thursday, March 31, 2016


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