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home : news June 28, 2016

Pavey found guilty; September sentencing date set
The 12-member jury returned a guilty verdict June 17 against Morgan Leslie Pavey, 22, holding her responsible for making methadone available to a local man who overdosed on the substance in June 2014.
Monday, June 20, 2016


Viking Boulevard/County Road 22 Bridge to undergo repairs, bridge may close for up to four days
Motorists will encounter intermittent lane and bridge closures as crews begin repairing the Viking Boulevard/County Rd 22 Bridge on June 27. The bridge, which spans Interstate 35 was damaged back in May.
Monday, June 27, 2016

Schnagl: Maximum sentence in Jelinek death
Tenth Judicial District Court Judge Todd Schoffelman allowed the very rare presence of a television video camera in his courtroom in Center City Friday,  June 25,  as sentencing of a Chisago City man, convicted of third degree unintentional murder, was pronounced.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Bridge repair on #22 should start soon
Tentatively, MnDOT is planning to shut down CR 22 over Interstate 35 from 9am to 3pm on Monday, June 27 to remove MnDOT traffic barriers and replace with contractor barriers and restripe the bridge in preparation for the work to replace the damaged bridge beam.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Royal faces from MidSummer Days
North Branch elected their MidSummer Ambassadors at last week's MidSummer Days: Britta Anderson, Anna Oslund and Chloe Myhre were just some of the VIP faces at North Branch MidSummer Days last weekend.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

K.O. Days Grand Marshal, hometown one in the same
When the Karl Oskar Days Committee had the daunting task of choosing a Grand Marshal of this year's celebration, they thought it would be a painstaking drawn out decision.  In the end it proved to be just the opposite.  The most obvious candidate was right under their nose.  It was someone so obvious and such a local fixture, that they are sometimes forgotten because you see them all the time.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ceremonial fire hall groundbreaking happening June 28
Chisago City firefighters will celebrate the start of construction on the city’s new fire station next week.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

New Government Center not in foreseeable future plans
A new government center is NOT part of the public safety building project moving forward in Chisago County.  The county commissioners last week strongly clarified that there are no plans for a courthouse or government center operations as part of the jail and sheriff’s offices project.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

North Branch Council rectifies pay equity concern
The North Branch City Council met last week, and on a split vote supported bringing the city’s wages into compliance with pay equity standards.  (Story on no- compliance Press January 14, 2016.)
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Lindstrom firefighters' annual pension benefit increased; library formula discussed
Lindstrom firefighters are placed into a pension plan at five years of service,  and their account accumulates from that point, on. Last week the city council (minus Curt Flug) accepted a department request to increase the pension payout by $200- per-year-of service to $2,600. 
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Split pairs look much different; lots of great music for you
  As I was driving through Lindstrom this week, something struck me. Not a rock thrown from a ‘fan’ of the paper, it was the realization of just how beautiful the downtown now looks.  Was I a critic of the split pairs? Was I a staunch opponent of the change that was going to “ruin” the town?  Was I one of the many who were positive that nothing good could possibly come from splitting the highway in two parts?  A resounding yes to all. 
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Save time and energy make a sandwich
It’s really summer, isn’t it? In the summer, a sandwich is a simple meal to have for lunch or dinner, unless you’re a meat and potatoes with lots gravy person. A sandwich saves time and energy on a hot, muggy, summer day. Add a salad or a fresh fruit, a tall glass of iced tea or a cold beverage of your choice, a dish of ice cream or sherbet and you have a real meal deal.
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Is water shut-off next step?
If a dispute, between North Branch Water & Light and the owners of Oakwood Trailer Court, isn’t resolved in coming days, residents of the trailer court could be without water. 
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Oberstar and US 41 trails to travel through county
Things are starting to gel on U.S. bike route number 41 proposed through Chisago County.  And, on a parallel track-- the future route for the James Oberstar State Trail is being drafted. 
Thursday, June 16, 2016

ABC-related county-wide Clean Energy Hub available to help
A consortium of area partners have launched the Chisago Area Clean Energy Hub to help area residents, businesses and institutions implement solar and energy saving projects.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Lent Township Planning Commission recommends archery project to board
Can a bow and arrow facility and a high powered rifle range co-exist?  Lent Township will find out,  sooner-than-later, with its preliminary approval last week for a permit allowing At Full Draw Archery to build a new retail-archery practice range with 3D outdoor course,  near the park & ride at the #17 freeway interchange.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Shafer City Council loses a member, grants Shafer Ponds 30-day extension
Shafer City Council met June 7 for a regular meeting.  All were present  with seven residents in attendance.  The council had just completed a Shafer Ponds preliminary palt and planned unit development meeting with land owner Walt Anderson.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Summertime brings budget talks
Though the city’s current fiscal year is not yet half over, budget talks for next year have begun in Taylors Falls.
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Not your ordinary fish recipes
Many people eat a lot of fish during the Lenten season, but as you know, fish is eaten all year. Nutritionists tell us we should eat salmon, tuna, crustaceans (lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops) and other kinds of fish, as much as two times aweek. Living on the lake we could eat fish twice a week, however, But would be quick to say that we just had fish a couple days ago. I like tuna and could easily eat it twice a week. Bud doesn’t like tuna to begin with, so when he is away at lunchtime, fishing somewhere with one of our sons, I take out a can of tuna and make a salad using tuna, lettuce with a chopped hard-boiled egg, a tuna-pasta salad, creamed tuna over toast or a tuna hot dish. (You need to go fishing more often, Bud.)
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Senior Elijah Land is finalist in Spotlight Award
In one of his last official acts as director of the Chisago Lakes High School Musical, David Seaburg wanted to send  congratulations to senior Elijah Land.  Land is a finalist in the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards stage musicals competition for the “Education Triple Threat” honor, calling for a student to be exemplary in acting, dancing and singing.
Friday, June 10, 2016

County roads briefly closed for air ambulance transport north of Center City, June 9
The Chisago County Sheriff’s Department identified an injured person, airlifted out of a horseback arena in rural Center City Thursday night, as 26-year-old Cara Jane Dunn, Scandia.  


Friday, June 10, 2016

Local pagaent finalist pitches-in for Wannigan Days
Nicole Buck, 16, is the Chisago County finalist in the National American Miss Minnesota contest being held later this month.  Buck lists her activities as volunteering, advocating to infom people about teen depression, bargain shopping and being outdoors and fishing.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Kilo retires after 49 (dog years) of service
There are those who say law enforcement is more than just a job-- it’s a calling.  And then there’s the K-9 units. These dogs and their handlers not only live for the personal satisfaction of performing their jobs well, but they are a 24/7 part of helping the community.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Utility gets trailer park metering plan
The North Branch Water & Light Commission is reviewing a plan that was submitted the end of last week, meeting a deadline imposed on the owners of Oakwood Court, a mobile home community in town that has not been metered for its water consumption. 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sun was shining for local Memorial remembrances
The Methodist Cemetery in Center City was filled with blooming flowers and a nice crowd,  for a Sunday veterans memorial day program with gun salute and taps and areading by the pastor Dan Doughty. In lower photos;  the ceremony at Franconia Cemetery included readings by Mike Moberg and the Boy Scouts, Indy Smallman,  placed poppies on  crosses.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

City council accepts audit, welcomes new police officer
A major portion of the North Branch City Council meeting last week entailed reviewing and accepting the annual audit for Fiscal Year 2015. North Branch council was advised the city increased its unassigned balances and ended the year with eight to nine months’ of cash flow, which is in the range recommended by public finance advisors.
Thursday, June 2, 2016


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