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City Monthly Update - January 2020

In 2018, dubbed the year of engagement, a dedicated and enthusiastic group of residents and business owners participated in the preparation of the city’s Comprehensive Plan and in the Minnesota Design Team visit. 

2019, dubbed the year of implementation, proved that ideas can be turned into actions.  Many of the Design Team’s recommendations came to life.  We saw an expanded concerts in the park series, pop up park spaces in the downtown, and area businesses were promoted during the MS 150 and Ragnar Run.   

Most notably, the city adopted a new logo.  The process took several meetings and the better part of one year, but the new logo represents the values and vision of the city’s residents and business owners.  It can be found on the city’s website and it will be rolled out to vehicles, street signs and uniforms over time.  So what will be the theme for 2020?  Riding the wave of momentum, the city is working on its strategic goals and working to improve the overall economic climate of the city.  In the coming months, you will see articles that highlight the work of the council and the city’s committees and commissions.  January 2020 marked the opening of the first of two new Kwik Trips. 

I don’t want to overshadow the other business openings – any new or expanding business in North Branch should be celebrated.   But Kwik Trip’s openings are a striking example of the economic development that has eluded North Branch for so many years, and I see it as just the first of many good things to come.  2020 is our year of advancement and improvement and everyone can be a part of that wave.  Shop local, support your neighborhood businesses, and celebrate all of the good things that are happening around town! Happy New Year!

City Administrator, Renae Fry

A very busy opening day for North Branch 1st Kwik Trip !!!

Kwik Trip East Busy Opening Day!!!

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East Central MN Business Inventors & Entrepreneurs Upcoming Meeting

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Jan2020 InvSession
Ice-Skating Officially Opened!!

Dear North Branch Residents,
It’s ice-skating time at the city of North Branch ice rinks!  The main skating rink for North Branch located at Highway 95 & Grand Avenue is officially open today. 
The hours are 3:30 PM to 8 PM Monday through Friday, 1 PM to 8 PM Saturday and Sunday. 
Wild Ridge skating rink located on the west side of I 35 in the Wild Ridge Park has a warming house that is open weekends 1 to 4 PM.
Bring your skates!  The ice is great!
North Branch Press Release


(North Branch, MN) November 27, 2019 – The City of North Branch is proud to announce the unveiling of its new city logo.  The logo was revealed on November 26 at a party at City Hall and was officially adopted at the City Council meeting that same night.  The design process took 9 months under the direction of Keech Media.  Community members met monthly or more often as needed, discussing themes and selecting the layout, colors, and font style that best represented the City.  Adopting a new logo was one of the recommendations made by the Minnesota Design Team during their presentation to the City in October 2019.  The new logo is meant to bring cohesiveness for the community, modernize the current logo, and enhance the continued growth and economic development the City is currently experiencing. 

City Administrator Fry stated, “I was excited to see so many community members, representing a variety of opinions, come together over the course of several months to share their experiences and work towards single image that embraced their goals and ideals for the City.”

Updating the logo on the City’s vehicles, equipment and signs will take time.  The logo will be utilized on all electronic media right away.  The change on other city assets will be made as equipment is replaced and as new supplies are ordered and all as the budget allows. 

City of North Branch Mayor Jim Swenson reflected on the level of citizen engagement during this collaborative process.  “There are so many peo­ple to thank who have got­ten us to where we are today. From the indi­vid­u­als who participated in the meetings, to the members of the Minnesota Design Team who continue to support our efforts, to Keech Media, Poste Haste, Prism Design, the North Branch Area Chamber, and most importantly the residents and business owners in the City of North Branch who collaborated to design a logo for which we should be so proud.”

North Branch Commissioners Vacancy for PTOS and EDA

There are two PTOS Commissioners and one EDA Commissioner position expiring December 31, 2019. If you are ineterested in serving on the North Branch PTOS and EDA please click below to complete the application. The deadline to submit your application is Friday, November 29, 2019. 

Complete Application
Updated Video of North Branch Industrial Park
Dear Residents,

Welcome to an updated North Branch Industrial Park Video.

Update on Terry's Disposal Notice Of Suspension Letter

Dear Residents,

City received a stipulation and agreement regarding the Chisago County solid waste and the solid waste and recycling collection and transportation license of Terry's Disposal.

The suspension of Terry's Disposal's hauling license by Chisago County is stayed, subject to the terms and conditions of an agreement between the company and the County.
Reward $3000 Finder Fee!!!


The North Branch Industrial Park is a great place for a new or expanding business to call home. Financing options and design  assistance is available.


Summer Music and Movies in the Park Series Survey

Please help guide future music and movies in the park efforts by completing the survey below!

Complete Survey

MnDOT's I35 Unbonded Project And Delay Of Work!!!

New release regarding MnDOT’s I35 unbonded project and delay of work until next year. Due to the proximity of the work MnDOT wanted to point the suspension of work for the remainder of this year with traffic resuming to full capacity for the rest of Aug, Sept and October 219 with work on NB resuming next spring 2020 until early summer. Check the website for the updated schedule.


2019 Flink Avenue Watermain and Sanitary Trunk Project

Utility Installation and Detour

The contractor plans to begin the installation of watermain and sanitary within the Flink Avenue and 400th Street intersection during the week of August 12th. During this time, the intersection will be closed to traffic, and a detour will be posted to redirect traffic to alternate routes. The detour is anticipated to last for up to two weeks, weather permitting. Adjacent property owners and travelers should use care when driving in and near 400th construction activity, observe and follow posted detour and road closures.

Click here for more Complete Details

East Central Energy Right-Of-Way Maintenance Notice

Dear Residents!!

East Central Energy will be working on tree and brush clearing work. Please click on the link for more detailed information Complete Details
Online Farmers Market Now Accepts SNAP/EBT in North Branch

North Branch, Minnesota — North Circle Online Farmers Market is now accepting SNAP/EBT at Sprouted Branch in North Branch, one its 11 pickup locations.

North Circle, a program of Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI), allows area residents to order fresh produce, eggs, meat, and other products online from over 24 local farmers every week and pick up their orders at locations throughout East Central Minnesota.

More more details click here Complete Details

Meadows North 2nd Addition Subdivision Construction

Dear City Of North Branch Property Owners,

The City of North Branch recently approved a new development that will be constructing roads and extending sewer and water services to the new lots west of Flink Avenue, South of 400th Street and North of Pine Lane.

Paxmar, Inc., the developer, plans to begin construction very soon.

For complete details please click Complete Details

Flink North Bound Lane Closure
July 17, 2019

The utility work on Flink Avenue is well underway Please be advised that a portion of Flink Avenue will be completely closed. As the utility installation on Flink Avenue continues the segment from Pine Lane to 400 Street is completely closed northbound and southbound lanes.
The anticipated closure time frame is 1 week from July 16, 2019.  Please follow the posted detour route. The complete closure will take place from 7 AM to 6 PM daily,  today through Friday with work hoping to be completed on this Friday.

Thank you for your patience during this construction project.
Summer Music and Movies in the Park Tuesdays in Central Park Starting July 9

Thank you to all those who made this possible!

Anderson & Koch Ford, Associated Bank, Colorful Beginnings, Inc, Early Childhood Family Education, East Central Energy, Heine Family, Neighborhood National Bank, North Branch Lions Club, and Stearns Bank

Sponsored by North Branch Area Community Education, Chamber of Commerce, City of North Branch, East Central Regional Arts Council, #ArtsLegacy #ECRAC

Flink Ave Update

Dear North Branch Residents,

The Flink Avenue Watermain and Sanitary Trunk Project is well underway. The contractor has started installing watermain along Flink Avenue which will continue through mid-July. As part of this work, the northbound lanes of Flink Avenue are closed between Pine Lane and 400th Street during working hours. Please follow the posted detour for northbound traffic and lower speeds in the work zone.
Wildridge 11 Addition Subdivision Construction
Dear City of North Branch Property Owner,

The City of North Branch recently approved a new development that will be constructing 381st Trail off of 382nd Drive and extending sewer and water services to the new lots. VanMore, the developer, plans to begin construction the week of June 17, 2019. During construction, we do not expect any changes in the use of 382nd Drive. We do understand that noises from construction may take place. We do restricy construction to 7am-9pm Monday thru Saturday. No work is allowed on Sundays or Holidays. We do apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause for you. 

Click on the Complete Brochure
Road Closure - 2019 Flink Avenue Watermain and Sanitary Trunk Project

Watermain installation along Flink Avenue is scheduled to begin the week of June 12th. During this time, the north bound lane of Flink Avenue will be closed to through traffic, and a detour will be posted to redirect traffic to alternate routes. Closure area is shown on the graphic below. Access will be maintained to the properties on Flink Avenue, but may be disrupted by contractor activities such as excavation. The work and detour are anticipated to continue into early July. Adjacent property owners and travelers should use care when driving in and near construction activity, observe and follow posted detour and road closures. 

More details click on Complete Brochure
City of North Branch Branding Input Session Thursday, June 13 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Please come to the City of North Branch Branding Input Session  Thursday, June 13 from 6:30pm-8:30pm and will be held at Council Chambers, City Hall, 6408 Elm Street, North Branch, MN 55056. Description:Following an information session on May 9, the city launched its official branding effort. The all important first meeting is intended to be the meeting at which participants will be asked a series of questions that will serve as the foundation for the first round of concepts. The brand needs your input. I hope you are able to attend. Please feel free to invite others as well.
Important Residents Alert!!

Attention North Branch Residents!!



This is a friendly reminder to all the residents of North Branch. No individual or organization is allowed to sell door-to-door within the city limits without an approved Transient Merchant License issued by the City Of North Branch.


Please ask for proof of license by the City Of North Branch before accepting any offers and if they do not have it please ask them to either call City Hall to get an approved transient merchant license or please call and report of any such activity at City Hall at 651-674-8113.


Please try to gather as much information of the non-compliant individual or organization as possible such as their name, phone number, car license plate number or anything that might be helpful.

Have A Great Summer Everyone!!

North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Speaker

Dr. Mark Thomas, Director of the Center for Addiction Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, will speak to the North Branch Area Chamber of Commerce in June. Dr. Thomas is leading a team of researchers whose aim is to curb addiction where it starts-in the brain. He will discuss the unique research being conducted at the U, and the potential applications (and implications for our society if addiction could be cured). He will also discuss the reasons why Minnesota is the perfect place for this research to take place, as yet another example that the University of Minnesota brings tremendous value and pride to our community.

The event will take place at the North Branch American Legion (6439 Elm St, North Branch, MN 55056) on June 11 at 12:00pm.  Registration for the luncheon is recommended by calling 651-674-4077 or online by June 7:

The monthly Chamber luncheon is open to everyone! Members & non-members alike. Catered luncheon, featured business & guest speaker. $9 lunch, pay at the door. Contact to find out information on our prepaid cards. RSVP requested

Hemingway Avenue Extension Construction
Hemingway LPO
Flink & 400th Utility Extension Construction Project

Dear North Branch property owners!!! The The construction of a project to extend water and sewer along Flink and 400th plans to begin construction around May 15, 2019.

Please be advised to stay away from the construction zone as safety of you, your family and people visiting your home, and business is very important to all of us.

Click here for the details -  Complete Letter
Willow Grove & 14th Ave Extension Construction

Dear North Branch Property Owners!!! The construction of a new 20 unit - one bedroom apartment building plans to begin construction around May 1, 2019.

Please be advised to stay away from the construction zone as safety of you, your family and people visiting your home, and business is very important to all of us.

Click here for the details -  Complete Letter
Street Improvements 2018-2019 Below is a map of the
2018-2019 Street Improvement Projects

Street Improvements 2018-2019
United States Census 2020 Opportunity

Residents Of North Branch!!! Job Opportunity!!!!

United States Census 2020 is looking for over a million people to get the census work completed. It is a great to get experience and also have flexible hours and one way to be involved to fulfill your civic learning. If you are interested in the position please apply online at the United States Census 2020 website located at Opening
Interstate 35 Road Resurfacing Project Underway

Interstate 35 Road Resurfacing project in Chisago County.  I’m emailing today to provide nearby communities a project update and to also ask for your assistance on getting the word out about the 2019 construction.


An eight-mile section of I-35 between the City of Harris and the Chisago/Pine County line will undergo concrete pavement work beginning April 2019.  The project work will also include replacing cable median barriers, installing rumble strips and updating drainage and lighting.  The improvements will enhance safety, improve traffic flow and provide a smoother riding surface. I’ve attached an I-35 project fact sheet outlining the work for your convenience.


During the construction, I-35 will be restricted to a single lane of traffic in each direction with construction occurring in two stages (see attached fact sheet for anticipated schedule).


The Rush City interchange ramp access will be maintained in both directions with two exceptions.  In June 2019, crews anticipate a 2-4 week closure to reconstruct the southbound exit and entrance ramps.  Additionally, crews anticipate closing the northbound exit and entrance ramps for 2-4 weeks in September 2019 for reconstruction. Detour signage will be posted during the ramp closures. The project is expected to be complete by fall 2019, weather permitting.


Please encourage your employees and residents to stay up-to-date on specific closure dates and traffic impacts by signing up for email updates at the project website:


If you have print or online newsletters and/or a utility bill mailing, please consider including information regarding this construction project.  If you need a short article, I’d be glad to assist.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance during this much needed work. 

For detailed information please click here Detailed Information

Denise Workcuff :: Metro Communications & Engagement ::

Minnesota Department of Transportation :: Phone-voice: 651.234.7502

Road Closure-Bridge Replacment
Bridge Road will be closed from Hwy. 95 to 380th Street starting September 4, 2018 for the replacement of the bridge structure.
The project is scheduled to be completed by May of 2019.  Thank you for your patience during this process. Please click below to get more details

Detailed Report
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

CodeRED is a free community notification system that keeps citizen's informed of emergency notifications, general community notifications, and severe weather warnings. If you want to sign up to receive free texts alerts, please click the link below:

2020 Census Jobs

You can help your community! Apply for one of thousands of temporary #2020CensusJobs. Census results determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as how funds are spent on roads, schools and hospitals.

Chisago County pays up to $22 per hour plus 57.5 cents/mile!


Apply online at

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