Election Judge Needed Are you interested in serving as an election judge? If yes please apply by clicking on the link below or stop at City Hall and contact Deputy City Clerk / IT Coordinator, at (651) 277-5228. Deadline to submit application is Friday, June 22, 2018 by 4:30pm
2018 Election Judge Application
MnDOT Update - News Release!!!
June 1, 2018
Contact: Denise Workcuff
Highway 95 and Highway 96 road preservation project begins June 2
ROSEVILLE, Minn. – Motorists can expect periodic lane closures and delays on Highway 96 in Washington County and on Highway 95 in Chisago County this weekend and early next week. Crews will be completing preventative maintenance work that will extend the life of the pavement surfaces. The road work will consist of seal coating the pavement and shoulders.
The project is scheduled to begin Saturday morning, June 2 on Highway 96 between Highway 61 in White Bear Lake and Highway 95 in Stillwater.
Another crew will be doing the same work on Highway 95 from North Branch to Taylors Falls, beginning Sunday morning, June 3. During the project, a pilot car and flaggers will control traffic, and motorists should plan for extra time in the areas where crews are working.
The project work is scheduled during off-peak daytime hours, evening hours and weekends to minimalize traffic impacts.
The work will last approximately one week on each highway. Once the sealcoat work is complete, crews will return in late June to install permanent road striping. This work will be done under traffic.
All work is weather dependent and scheduling is approximate.
MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution, and reminds them to slow down in the work area.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.
North Branch Resident's Continued Participation
The last of the four community cafes was held this week, but you can still provide input even if you were unable to attend all of the cafes. The questions that served as the basis of the conversation each night are now in the form of on-line surveys through which you can provide input. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to do so also. Here is the link to the city's comprehensive plan update webpage: http://www.ci.north-branch.mn.us/departments/planning_and_zoning/compplan.php
Please scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see the dates and topic for each of the four community cafes. These are actually links to the on-line survey for each one. There is also a link for a park amenity survey. Please use these tools to add your comments to those gathered at the cafe events.
FREE Outdoor Movie in the Park - E.T. - the Extra-Terrestrial
The City of North Branch is pleased to announce that a FREE Movie in the Park will be held on Saturday June 16 at Riverwalk Park which is located at 39181 Forest Blvd in North Branch. The movie (E.T.) will begin at dusk, which is approximately 9:30.P.M. Please remember that glass containers and smoking are not permitted in the park.
ET, an award-winning movie, is the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help E.T. return to his home planet, while attempting to keep him hidden from their mother and the government.
This activity is made possible with funding from the Arts and Cultural Fund that came into being as a part of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that Minnesota Voters overwhelmingly passed in 2008. Because of the work the State Legislature has done to direct this funding to the Minnesota State Arts Board and Regional Arts Council System, it has ensured that this money is bringing access to the arts in every corner of the state.
We would like to thank Minnesota State Legislature, the East Central Regional Arts Council, and you, the voters of Minnesota for this funding!
So load up the car and bring the kids, blankets, and a flashlight for a free evening outside at the movies!
Books for Veteran's Needed (Eagle Scout Project)
Angelo Vita, a Boy Scout from Troop 16 in Princeton, MN, is collecting books for our Veteran's as his Eagle Scout project. Vita states, “My Eagle Scout project came from a conversation on the lack of books at the VA. As a very avid reader and having many relatives and friends that are Veterans I knew I had to correct this situation. Thus, I worked with the VA on a plan. I am requesting your help - the plan for my Eagle Scout project is collecting books for our Veterans. The VA needs all types of books, but they especially need ones that are large print. I will be collecting books until July 6, 2018. My goal is 10,000 books to be donated. So I ask you to help me reach my goal by donating new or used books.” Donations locations are: Mille Lacs County Veteran's Offices, Milaca Theater, Princeton VFW, Berry Law Office in Princeton, Princeton Library, Christ Our Light Church in Princeton and Zimmerman, Princeton City Hall, Sherburne County Veteran Office, Isanti County Government Center, North Branch City Hall, Rush City- City Hall and Rush City VFW.
Contact: Angelo Vita
Let your voice be heard! The City of North Branch is updating its Comprehensive Plan and we want your participation! Check out our community visioning map and give feedback on what you would like to see in North Branch’s future. https://wsb.mysocialpinpoint.com/northbranch#/
MnDOT Statewide Safety Improvement Project
MnDOT will embark on a statewide safety improvement project starting this summer through fall 2018. Crews will be restriping and installing mumble strips at selected intersections in your community. Exact dates have not yet been determined. However, construction will take place during the off-peak hours of 9 am -3 pm daily in the following areas:
- Hwy 96 between Hwy 61 and Hwy 95
- Hwy 95 between North Branch and Taylors Falls
- Hwy 95 between Scandia and Marine on St. Croix
- Hwy 8 at Forest Lake
Most locations above should be completed in a few days, but motorists, residents and businesses will encounter delays throughout the work.
A little background on this project. As you may already know, more than 40% of fatal and serious crashes happen at rural intersections. With this in mind we are installing the mumble strips to help reduce speed at select locations. A recent study done by FHWA concluded that a similar safety improvement design helped to reduce injury crashes by more than 30%. This safety improvement work will be done at 80 intersections across 20 counties, and six MnDOT districts. This work may also be a low cost solution in the future to improve intersection safety.
NBPD Accepting Applications for Volunteer Police Reserve Officers
The North Branch Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Reserve Officer. Police Reserve Officers are non-licensed and non-paid volunteers who are willing to provide volunteer hours at the North Branch Police Department on a regular basis. This position provides for a great opportunity for those considering or currently pursuing a career in law enforcement and for those who are in other careers and wish to serve their community by volunteering. For More information and how to apply, please click here.
Useful Tools For City Of North Branch Residents!!
League Of Minnesota Cities publishes reports on a yearly basis. It would be very helpful for residents of North Branch to take a look at these and see where North Branch is in comparison to other cities in Minnesota.
1. Property Tax calculator and comparison by cities/populations and see where City of North Branch is. A Very useful tool that would be appreciated by all residents of North Branch
2. Market Value and tax capacity comparison city by city for 2017
3. Property Tax Reports For Previous Years
Chisago County Tax Search website.
If you are interested in searching Chisago County Taxes by parcel ID or address you can go to the Chisago County website link provided below
Register with CodeRED For Emergency, General Community and Severe Weather Notification
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