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COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan Available!!!
Dear Residents,

Great News! City Council approved the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Loan. For details please click here. Existing businesses in North Branch are encouraged to apply. 
City of North Branch Various Commission Vacancies

City of North Branch is accepting applications for each of the Commission Board vacancies until filled - PTOS, Planning, EDA and Water & Light Commissions.

Interested applicants please complete the application along with additional supporting documents. Applications can be found on the website, facebook or can be requested by calling at 651-674-8113 or can be picked up from the City Hall located at 6408 Elm Street, North Branch, MN 55056.

For PTOS, Planning and EDA Click Here PTOS/Planning/EDA Application

For Water & Light Commission Click on Here
Water & Light Commission Application
Winter Parking Regulations
Winter Parking Regulations - Effective Nov 1, 2020
Reminder, Winter Parking regulations take effect on Nov 1, 2020.

City Streets
No parking is allowed on City Streets between 1am and 7am

City Parking Lots
No parking is allowed on City Parking lots between 2am and 5am
2020 - October Mayor Newspaper Article
Dear Residents,

Mayor Swenson presented the State of the City on October 13, 2020 to the North Branch Chamber Of Commerce. Click on details to view the complete details. 
I35 Maintenance Work Begins Oct 5
I35 - MnDOT Maintenance Work
(Hwy 95 (North Branch) - US 8 (Forest Lake)

MnDOT will be starting a maintenance project the week of October 5th to repair the degraded centerline joint along Southbound I-35 between Hwy 95 (North Branch) and US 8 (Forest Lake). Project notice signing will be going up today.
The repair will include 2 ft wide mill and bituminous fill along the southbound centerline to extend the life of the road.
Traffic impacts include single lane closures and shifting traffic to the right shoulder.
The work is anticipated to occur between the hours of 8:00am and 6:00pm and complete in two weeks.
Trim your tree and trim your electric bill!

2020 LED Holiday Lighting Campaign


Dear Residents!

This holiday season, North Branch Water and Light is offering our electricity customers rebates of up to $12 for each plug-in LED string or decoration of energy-efficient holiday lighting they purchase through the end of the year.  

LED lights and decorations save energy & money, last longer than traditional strands, and are cool to the touch.

Rebate coupons and additional information can be found at, and at some local retailers.

Chisago County HRA/EDA Grant Available
Chisago County HRA-EDA has extended the deadline for the Small Business or Non-Profit Relief Grants.

Please click on Detailed Newsletter
Now Accepting Applications for Small Business Relief Grant.
Dear Chisago County Businesses,
The County Board has determined it would use a portion of the CARES Act funding towards small businesses relief grants. 
Applications open on Monday, August 10, 2020. Visit our website,, and take the Eligibility Quiz to see if your business is eligible for the Small Business Relief Grant.
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2020 Street Mill and Overlay The 2020 Construction Season in Underway!Street Overlay 2020 Proposed Funding 7.15
There are several streets scheduled for an overlay this summer!

The project is expected to start in the next two weeks and will last through

For more info:
Snow Plow Painting Opportunity

An idea of what yours could look like        


Today’s boring look…

Artist:  Steve Weisman, North Branch

North Branch has 9 snow plows that keep our streets clean.  Up to this upcoming snow season, they have looked boring.  We are looking for 9 families or individuals (due to social distancing) to volunteer to paint our snow plow blades.  Painting to take place Monday thru Friday 8am until 3pm.  City Staff will provide the paint, cups to mix colors, brushes, gloves, etc.  You just need creativity.  Many snow plows have 2 blades, front blade:  3 ft. tall and 12 ft. wide; wing lade is 3 ft. tall and 10 ft. long.  We recommend planning what you plan to paint to make the experience better. 

When the paint job is complete.  We would love a photo of your family with the painted snow plow blade to show off the great talent.  We would love the paintings to be completed to show off. 

If you are interested, please contact Carla Vita at City Hall at 651.674.8113 or for more details. 

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!!

City Of North Branch Construction Projects Progress – Drone Footages

Hwy 95 Hemingway Extension Roundabout

Luchts Corssing 3rd Addition

Schoolside Village 2nd Addition

48 Unit Cherokee Place Townhomes

Wildridge 11th Addition

Upcoming Construction Update
Townsedge 2 Residential Development Construction Project Update. Please click on below for detailed information

Details On Update
ECE To Perform Regularly Scheduled Herbicide Treatment

East Central Energy (ECE) has contracted with Lake States Tree Service to perform regularly scheduled herbicide treatment this summer within ECE power line right-of-way.

For details please click Details.
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

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
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.

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

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

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
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