Barb Nelson, the president of the Chisago Board on Aging, came before the North Branch City Council Monday night requesting $4,200 for the Chisago County Senior Center, which is housed at Uptown Maple Commons in the city. She didn’t get the exact amount she was asking for, but she came away with $1,500. Nelson said [...]

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Decision pending on reconstructing 5th Street North in the downtown area The Rush City Council on April 14 revisited the issue of possibly moving forward with a street improvement project on 5th Street in the downtown area in spring 2015. City engineer Barry Peters, by memo to the city, estimated it would cost just over [...]

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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources placed burning restrictions over the central part of the beginning April 14 because fire danger is expected to rapidly increase as winds pick up and snow continues to melt. These counties will be included in the initial burning restrictions: Anoka, Benton, Chisago, Dakota, Douglas, Hennepin, Isanti, Otter Tail, Pope, [...]

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North Branch resident Mark Olson took this photo of Tuesday’s lunar eclipse. According to local meteorologists, the eclipse began at 12:58 a.m., and the moon was totally eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow at 2:06 a.m. It stayed eclipsed for an hour and 20 minutes. Sunlight filtering through the earth’s atmosphere resulted in the moon having [...]

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Spring is a busy season in the Soil and Water Conservation Office. After being stuck in the office all winter, the staff is ready to get back out into the field. Spring also brings its share of conservation concerns, including erosion and increased runoff. Soil erosion is often most evident and severe in the spring [...]

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