Chisago County solar farm will be among largest in U.S.

Chisago County Administrator Bruce Messelt said the 100-megawatt North Star Solar Project, once it’s complete, will be the largest solar farm in the upper Midwest and among the largest in the world. “You’re probably talking about 25 or 30 solar projects (worldwide) that are 100 megawatts or bigger,” Messelt said. Chisago County Environmental Services Director […]

Outdoors: Angling for pan fish in midwinter depressions

By Steve Carney Every angler talks about the proverbial fishing hole and in reality there are places I angle through the ice that could be defined as a fishing hole. These are what I call depressions or scoops on the lake bottom that hold lots of crappies and bluegills during the winter months. Here is […]

New Orleans dogs seek refuge in Princeton

For nearly 20 hours, Elise Russo and Ryan Belsher traveled 1,245 miles north from New Orleans to Princeton with some precious cargo. The two left the Villalobos Rescue Center, home of the Animal Planet television show “Pit Bulls and Parolees,” in a cargo van at about 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, and pulled into Ruff […]

Seniors ‘adopt’ nearby elementary school

Retired teacher orchestrates fundraisers and more for Neill Elementary A Crystal senior living community has “adopted” a nearby elementary school as part of a long-standing series of charitable campaigns. Residents of the Heathers Estates and Heathers Manor – independent and assisted living facilities, respectively, in Crystal – have organized annual school supply and winter clothing […]

Artist finds a balance in unique hobby

What started as a curiosity turned to an art form for Peter Juhl after he discovered ways to create intriguing sculptures using only tools nature provides him with. Juhl, rock stacking artist, visited the Milaca library on Jan. 16 to share his process and methods. He has been stacking rocks on top of one another […]