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Council annexes acreage behind Arby's, grants sewer bill appeal
Lindstrom City Council handled a number of small items in a two-hour meeting last week, minus Council member AnnMarie Brink.  

Friday, April 29, 2016

Chisago Lakes Area moves on to finals of ABC competition
Chisago Lakes was the first name called Wednesday, in the announcement of eight finalists for the America’s Best Communities (ABC) contest. The Chisago Lakes presentation of a revitalization plan for the area, from Taylors Falls to Chisago City, won over the panel of judges in the national competition.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Gov. Dayton jests with city t-shirt
Governor Mark Dayton got a kick out of his gift, a T-shirt presented by Lindstrom and members of the ABC contest team, who  went to the governor’s residence in St.­ Paul and made a brief video with the governor for part of the America’s Best Communities presentation this week in North Carolina. (Story Press April 21)  Governor Dayton had earlier corrected the lack of “umlauts” that were omitted over the “O” on the official MNDOT signage for the city of Lindstrom.  The T-shirts are for sale at In the Moment Boutique in Lindstrom.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Audit report reenforces Water & Light's fiscal hurdles being overcome
At last week’s North Branch Water and Light Commission meeting the commission heard the rate hikes are supporting the utility and that operations “should be able to hold” for a while at existing levels.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Jail sitework bid withdrawn, project budget takes hit
The county commissioners re-awarded a bid on the Public Safety Center project because the low bidder had made a substantial mathematical error and requested to withdraw.  R.E.  Peterson discovered its earthwork bid was way off and on April 13 informed the county of the problem.  To re-bid would delay the project, so the County Board last week went with the second-high bid, $1,399,000 from US Sitework Inc.  The difference is over $470,000. 
Friday, April 29, 2016

Mock crash gives students a reminder of dangers
On Monday, April 25, 2016 the SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions) chapter of Chisago Lakes High School presented the One Choice program that included a Mock Crash scenario along a presentation to students on the dangers of distracted driving. The two day event began with "ghosting out" selected students from their classrooms and having officers from Lakes Area Police Department read a simulated obituary of the student. Following the school day Juniors and Seniors witnessed the crash scenario.  This staged event is conducted to allow students to experience what happens in real time during a traumatic event.  The goal of the event is to educate young people about the consequences of distracted and impaired driving - and to reinforce the importance of seat belts, paying attention behind the wheel.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Prom means having fun, but having a plan; vampires south of Stillwater
I, along with many others from the area kept our fingers crossed and our thoughts with the group of Chisago Lakes America’s Best Community presenters. They are in Durham North Carolina presenting (yesterday, Wednesday) hoping to be chosen to advance to the final eight. There are 15 communities vying for the final eight spots. If chosen, they will receive $100,000 to bring their plans to life. If they happen to make it to the final three, the ABC National Committee will award the winner with a $3 million prize. Think about the wonderful things they could do in the community. Second place gets $2 million and even third place wins $1 million.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Pulled pork perfect for grad parties
Oink, Oink! When I was growing up on our small farm, we had only about six pigs. In the fall of the year you can guess what happened. When it was time to butcher, I stayed in the house. What is it about today? Pork of course.
Friday, April 29, 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

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

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

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