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Liquor Store Operations Update!!!

We are pleased to continue to be here to serve you during these stressful and trying times. Our goal is to provide the best service possible while keeping our customers and our employees all as safe as possible. At this time, both stores will remain open to the public. This could change at any time as we see fit.

You will note changes within the stores, most notably at the checkout area. We have installed plexiglass barriers to protect both customers and staff from any unintentional exposures. Sanitizing products are provided for both customer use while in the stores, as well as for employees to keep the store surfaces safe and sanitized for everyone involved.

Hours of operation have been changed to better meet the demand that was documented before enactment of the stay-at-home order, as well as since the order was put in place. Store closing times are the most notable and should be observed by staff and customers alike. These changes in hours of operation are for the health and safety of staff and customers so we can properly sanitize the stores before opening and after closing each day. Store hours will remain fluid based on changing demand.

Beginning March 29 until further notice:



Sunday 11-6

Monday-Wednesday 10-8

Thursday 10-10

Friday and Saturday 9-10



Sunday 11-6

Monday-Wednesday 10-8

Thursday 10-9

Friday and Saturday 9-9


We have initiated our curbside drive-up pickup service.

Orders can only be placed and picked up by persons who are 21 years of age or older. This service is only available at North Branch Liquors Store 1 on Old Main St at this time. Service is available 10 am – 7 pm, Monday-Saturday, and 12 pm – 5 pm on Sunday. Hours may change based on ongoing demand. See our webpage at for more information on this service.

Walk-in service is still available at both North Branch Liquors locations.


We look forward to seeing you.

Municipal Liquor Stores Operations!!!


The municipal liquor stores will be open regular hours Thursday through

Sunday, March 26-29, 2020.


Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 the stores will begin implementing changes to hours of operation and introducing a curbside pickup option. The pickup service will require phoning in your order, paying for it online, and coming up to the door to receive your order. More information will be posted as we finalize the details.


Watch for updated information on changes here and on Facebook over the next several days. Visit this site often keep up to date on store hours and future changes to processes for purchases.

Thank you for your continued patronage!

2020 Annual Recycling Day

Dear North Branch Residents!!!

2020 Annual Recycling Day rates are available !!!

Please click below to get the complete schedule and you can also find it find clicking on "Residents" on top and choosing Annual Recycling Day. You must have adobe reader to view it.

For more info contact City Hall at 651-674-8113.

2020 Spring Leaf Pickup

Dear North Branch Residents!!!

2020 Spring Leaf Pick Up is available !!!

Please click below to get the complete schedule and you can also find it find clicking on "Residents" on top and choosing Leaf Pickup Schedule. You must have adobe reader to view it.

It is also going out with your April Utility Billing for your convenience.

For more info contact City Hall at 651-674-8113.
What Not To Flush
Dear Residents, 

We need your help in making our City's Sewer System functioning properly as we all deal with the COVID-19. We will need all of you to be aware of what not to flush down the toilet. We thank you all in advance for your cooperation and consideration!!!

City Hall Update From City Administrator

For now, the City of North Branch is conducting business as usual, but with a few caveats.  City hall remains open from 8:00 – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.  Liquor store hours vary, but both stores remain open as per their posted schedules. Any changes in liquor store hours or manner of operation will be posted here. 


Employees and the public are expected to follow guidelines for respiratory etiquette, to perform frequent hand washing, and to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others when present in city buildings.  City staff are cleaning and sanitizing counters, doors, restrooms and any surfaces that are frequently touched.  City staff reserve the right to limit the number of people in the liquor stores or at city hall from time to time.


Council and commission meetings will proceed as scheduled.  The public is asked to view meetings remotely, via the cable channel or via the internet.  If the public wishes to communicate with council members such as through the public comment portion of the meeting, please email your message to me at  The message will either be emailed to the individual council members or read at the next regular council meeting.   If we can't protect the public, employees or the council members, meetings will be cancelled following consultation with the mayor.  Check the calendar for the latest information about council, commission and committee meetings:


If there are confirmed outbreaks of the virus in the North Branch area and/or Chisago County, I will work with the county, the state Department of Health and the city department heads to determine the level of risk to the employees, council and the public related to city services.  If we determine there is a risk to anyone concerned, those who can work remotely will do so.  Public works services will be provided to the extent they can be provided without direct contact or with limited contact with the public.  We will limit public hours and public contact in city hall.  Phones will be answered.  The building department will limit inspections to those absolutely necessary to prevent undue delays in construction, but our building official can refuse to provide inspections if he believes that his health or that of staff could be at risk if the inspection were completed.  Electronic submission of plans will be encouraged.  The PD and FD will follow the health department protocols for public contact with individuals exhibiting symptoms and will follow any other protocols established for first responders. 

This is a fluid situation and we will monitor local, regional and state advisories and implement safeguards as recommended by county and state officials and post changes and updates on the city’s web page and on Facebook.


Renae Fry

North Branch City Administrator

Spring Load Limits

The Minnesota Department of Transportation will end winter load increases and start spring load restrictions
(SLR) in the SOUTH, SOUTHEAST and METRO frost zones Friday, March 6, 2020 at 12:01 AM.

Below is  a link to a map of North Branch Load Limits

North Branch Skating Rinks Closing

The North Branch Skating Rinks will be closing this weekend March 1st. Thank you all for a great season!
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.

Wanted Poster v3 2.27.2020
City Monthly Update - February 2020

North Branch has evolved into a proactive, business-friendly and forward-thinking city. We are prepared for commercial, industrial, and residential development more than ever before!

A Zoning Task Force Committee was created to rewrite zoning laws to bring them up-to-date, making them community and developer friendly. We have a local real estate agent, Bob Boyce, who is marketing the Interstate Business Park which is already paying off. North Branch was designated an Opportunity Zone by Governor Dayton which provides investor tax breaks for certain projects north of TH95. 

Many developers are working in our city. Worth noting is the opportunity to increase the number of users on the city’s water and sewer systems in the very large Paxmar development at Flink and 400th. Additional developments are in Wildridge, Willow Grove, Cherokee Place, Luchts Crossing,Townsedge 1 & 2, Schoolside Village, numerous small subdivisions, as well as many other projects and proposed developments in the initial stages. 

The City of North Branch has a great staff, including Economic Development Director Carla Vita, who all work tirelessly and graciously with interested parties. I have been informed that some deals may not have closed if it had not been for the city team problem solving.

I am grateful for the past year’s economic growth and am looking forward to so much more in 2020. Thank you to everyone who has played a role in our city’s many successes. I am grateful for each one of you!

Mayor Jim Swenson

North Branch Local Board Of Appeal & Equalization

Dear North Branch Residents,

Please mark your calendar as the 2020 City of North Branch Local Board of Appeal & Equalization is scheduled to be held at the City Of North Branch Council Chambers on Thursday, April 16 at 6pm located at 6408 Elm Street, North Branch, MN 55056 for the purpose of reviewing and correcting the assessment of said City of North Branch for the year 2020. 

For details please click Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Notice

ECMB Upcoming Session

Vacancy on City of North Branch PTOS Commission

Dear Residents!!!

We have a vacancy on the City of North Branch PTOS (Parks Trails and Open Spaces) Commission. If you would like to serve as a PTOS Commissioner, City of North Branch is accepting application until Friday, February 28, 2020 by 4:30pm.

Please complete the application along with a cover letter and resume for consideration and you can drop it off or email to the email address provided in the application. Please click here Application
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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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.”

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.
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
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:

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