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Scouts lead Pledge of Allegiance at North Branch Council meeting
Published May 5, 2016 at 8:02 am
Bid change to cost county $364,000 more on jail project
Published May 4, 2016 at 10:26 am
A local company was set to do the earth work for the new Chisago County Jail and Law Enforcement Center, but after making a $108,000 mathematical error that county staff caught, the company withdrew its bid. That led to the county awarding the bid for that component of the project to the second...
North Branch EDA seat remains vacant
Published May 4, 2016 at 10:22 am
Council shoots down mayor’s suggestion The vacant North Branch Economic Development Authority Commission seat has been a point of contention and debate among the council for months, and it continued to be at the council’s April 26 meeting. Per state statute, mayors select members to serve on...
Harris City Council deals with conditional use permit corrections
Published April 29, 2016 at 8:00 am
Amendments were made to two ordinances at the April 11 Harris City Council meeting. Both amendments were to correct existing conditional use permits and were reviewed by the Harris Planning Commission prior to being presented to the City Council. The first dealt with the city’s general business...
RC Council hears Lakes Region 2015 annual report
Published April 28, 2016 at 8:01 am
Many people in the Chisago County area have seen the unmistakable white and red Lakes Region EMS ambulances. Hopefully for most people, they simply saw them driving by as opposed to riding in one. At Rush City’s council meeting Monday, Executive Director Aarron Reinert presented Lakes Region’s...
NB Council approves modified sketch plan for housing development
Published April 28, 2016 at 8:00 am
Local developer Larry Beach submitted a sketch plan to the city of North Branch to build a development consisting of 28 houses on the southwest corner of Flink Avenue and 392nd Street. The council reviewed that plan, and ultimately approved it, with conditions, at the council’s April 12 meeting....
County onto phase 2 of jail project
Published April 15, 2016 at 8:01 am
The Chisago County Board of Commissioners took another big step toward the completion of a new jail and law enforcement center at the board’s April 6 meeting. The board approved, by a 4-1 vote, phase 2 of the project, which includes awarding construction bids to the low bidders for each component...
County Board doesn’t overturn decision on Sno Barons’ permit
Published April 13, 2016 at 11:13 am
The Chisago County Board of Commissioners made a decision at its March 16 meeting to not allow an amendment to the conditional use permit of the Sno Barons, the group that runs Hay Days, which would have resulted in more events on the Hay Days land near Almelund. However, at that meeting, there was...
Resident again addresses Borchardt water bill statement
Published March 31, 2016 at 8:00 am
Resident Cindy Erickson, in an effort to put to rest the back-and-forth public arguments at council meetings between her and Council Member Joyce Borchardt, again March 22 addressed a water bill payment issue that she said concerns Oakwood Trailer Park, owned by Borchardt and her husband. “I am...
2016 city projects taking shape in Rush City
Published March 23, 2016 at 8:01 am
What little snow that fell in the area this winter is now gone, which means it’s time to go to work for Rush City. At a City Council meeting March 14, the council reviewed the 2015 airport project, and it began to plan work for 2016. In 2015, the focus was on the runway rehabilitation...