Announcing New & Expanded Internet Service in North Branch
A fixed wireless network created under a public/private joint venture with the City of North Branch
To sign up or for more information visit GenesisWireless.com or call (320) 396-2990. For details click brochure.
North Branch honored by the League of Minnesota Cities for COVID-19 Response
(Aug. 24, 2021 – St. Paul, MN) The city of North Branch is the winner of the 2021 City of Excellence Award in this year’s COVID-19 Response topical category for their work bringing high-speed internet service to the community.
The City of Excellence Awards are given each year by the League of Minnesota Cities in three population categories and one topical category. The awards recognize cities for outstanding programs or projects. Each winning city will receive a plaque, a check for $1,000, and recognition in League publications and promotional activities throughout the coming year.
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Community Invited to Paint Mural with Professional Artist
The City of North Branch, in collaboration with the North Branch Arts Group, obtained a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Group to fund a mural to be painted on the south side of North Branch Water and Light Building at the corner of Co. Rd. 30 and Maple Street.
The mural artist is Alison Price. She has completed numerous murals in Minnesota and Wisconsin and her approach is to invite residents to add their touch to the artistic endeavor. The artist has painted the layout, and, like a coloring book, the community can paint their own block or blocks. The Arts group, City Council and North Branch Water & Light Board wanted a mural that is representative of the community. In response, the mural design includes trees, water (representing the Sunrise River), a sunrise, the City logo, and even a few butterflies.
We ask all to come and paint a portion of the mural. The muralist is planning for the community portion to start on Monday, August 30, weather dependent. So, please watch the City of North Branch website and Facebook for times and days in which painting will occur.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. #ecrac #ArtsLegacy
North Branch Water Conservation Measures – effective July 22, 2021
Press Release Effective July 21, 2021 Contact: Scott Hautala North Branch Water and Light General Manager 651-674-7100 email@example.com
North Branch Water Conservation Measures – effective July 22, 2021
More than half the state is under severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ drought monitor. DNR officials say this is the worst drought conditions have been in the state in nearly a decade.
The City of North Branch has a very robust water production system of wells, water treatment, and water towers and has not yet noticed any decline in its water supply quality or quantity. However, to comply with DNR water conservation measures, the Water and Light Commission announced Wednesday it is implementing odd/even water sprinkling restrictions, meaning those with odd-numbered addresses limit outdoor watering to odd-numbered days, and even-numbered addresses do so on even-numbered days. The restrictions are in place until further notice.
In addition, sprinkling is not allowed from 11AM – 5PM daily to minimize evaporation.
Bushes and flowers can be watered with a hose, and vegetable gardens and new sod or seed requiring daily watering can be watered on any day outside of the prohibited six-hour window. Trees may be watered with a dripping hose, bucket, or tree watering bags as needed.
Utility staff recommend that customers review their indoor water appliances to inspect for leaks, and the ability of water saving devices and water efficient appliances to reduce water usage.
North Branch Water and Light Offers Rebates!!!
Did you know that North Branch Water and Light offers rebates on many ENERGY STAR® certified products – including appliances, lighting products, air conditioners, smart thermostats, heat pump water heaters, and commercial food service equipment?
ENERGY STAR is the simple choice for saving energy. ENERGY STAR certified products help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance. Products must meet strict energy efficiency specifications and use less energy, which helps to reduce environmental impacts.
Learn more about ENERGY STAR and get guidance choosing the right products for your home or business here: www.energystar.gov.
CSAH 30 (Forest Blvd Construction Update Beginning the week of July 12th, Shafer contracting , the contractor for the County Road 30 (Forest Boulevard) project, will begin concrete paving operations. This will represent a significant change in the current traffic patterns. Concrete paving will begin in North Branch and move north towards Harris. During paving, traffic will not be able to pass the machine. For more info click the link below
Widlridge 12th Addition Residential Development Project The city of North Branch recently approved a single family residential development in which extensions of water and sewer and the construction of one segment of road to be called 381st Trail will be started by contractor immediately.
Police Department Body-Worn Camera Program The North Branch Police Department is moving towards implementing a body-worn camera program. As we develop our body-worn camera policy, we would love to get your comments and your feedback. Please visit the link below for more info:
The Old Highway 61 Coalition invites the public to travel Old Highway 61 this summer and play a little ‘Park Bingo’ event to be eligible to win some cool prizes.
“We compiled a list of city, county, and state park locations that stretch from southern Chisago County and move north through both Pine and Carlton County,” says Coalition Chairman, Nancy Hoffman. “Using that list we created the ‘Park Bingo’ card as a fun and family-friendly way to explore the area along Old Highway 61.”
You can participate in the ‘Park Bingo’ activity anytime from Memorial Day through Labor Day of 2021. Visit a park, take a photo at the location and post it to your personal social media using the the hashtag #oldhwy61parks. After you’ve visited 5 in a row for a successful BINGO, simply email a photo of your completed bingo card to us at oldhighway61MN@gmail.com.
Beginning on the first Friday in June, the Old Highway 61 Coalition will draw a weekly prize winner to receive one of our new water bottles. On September 13th, we’ll also be drawing a Grand Prize Winner who will receive an Old Hwy 61 sign!
The North Branch Concerts in the Park series will take place starting with Monroe Crossing on Tuesday June 8 at 7pm. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Art and Cultural Heritage Funds.
Please click the link below for the full concert series lineup.
CSAH 30 (Forest Boulevard) Reconstruction Project The CSAH 30 (Forest Blvd.) project is moving forward. With most of the dirt work and storm culvert work complete, the next phase of the project will be focused on water main work intown. For the next few weeks, the entire project corridor from TH 95 (St. Croix Trail) to CSAH 10 (Stark Road) will remain in under construction status, however minimal construction activities will be occurring. Safety cones, as well as construction signage will remain in-place and gravel surfaces will be maintained for travel. The detour of CSAH 30 will temporarily be removed, and then put back into effect when the water main work from TH 95 to Cedar Street begins, following the North Branch Midsummer Days celebration. The completion date of the project should remain the same.
For more info and to obtain project updates, please visit the project page at the link below
Requesting Proposals For Engineering Services To Design Road Extension
ENGINEERING SERVICES. The City of North Branch is requesting proposals from municipal engineering firms to provide professional services to design a road extension, sewer and water infrastructure extension, and stormwater management within the existing industrial park.
The City is in the process of applying for funding from funding sources including the Federal Economic Development Authority (EDA), Minnesota Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED) with various state and federal program requirements. To obtain a copy of the RFP, contact Renae Fry, City Administrator, at 651-674-8113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All proposals must be received by 10:00 a.m. on June 11, 2021.
Minnesota Housing is pleased to announce that RentHelpMN is now open and accepting applications. RentHelpMN makes it possible for eligible renters to get caught up on overdue rent and utilities dating back to March 13, 2020. It also makes provisions for those at risk of falling behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please note that RentHelpMN is in Phase One, in which people with past due rent who meet eligibility requirements are invited to apply.
To apply for RentHelpMN, please visit renthelpmn.org or call 211. The 211 helpline has dedicated multilingual staff available to answer questions about RentHelpMN, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Visit renthelpmn.org to learn more about the program and eligibility requirements and to apply.
Groundbreaking For The New Apartment Buildings On Falcon Avenue!!!
Two new apartment buildings will be under construction soon in North Branch. The location is just north of Ecumen - west of Shops at Gateway North. Phase 1 will have two - 36 unit apartment buildings with apartment sizes ranging from 2 bedrooms to studio. The apartments will have an outdoor pool, dog park, garages and many other amenities.
CSAH 30 (Forest Blvd Construction Update Construction on CSAH 30/Forest Blvd is scheduled to begin on April 26. The project will take place from TH 95 to Co Rd 10 and is expected to last for appoximately 4 months. For the latest construction update visit the CSAH 30 construction page on the link below.
Meadows North 3rd Addition Residential Development Project
The City of North Branch recently approved a twinhome and single family residential development in which extensions of water and sewer and the construction of three segments of road to be called 395th Street, 399th Street, Fallbrook Avenue. The contractor is expected to start construction after April 13, 2021.
Genesis Wireless New & Expanded Internet Services in North Branch !!
Genesis Wireless has now has the new and expanded internet services in North Branch. Please click complete brochureto get details on the information and sign up.
Falcon Apartments Residential Development Project
The City of North Branch recently approved a residential apartment development in which two apartment buildings and amenities, 385th Street 9a new road), and improvements on Falcon Avenue and a trail will be constructed.
If you haven't been following the city council updates, the City of North Branch is pleased to announce that the city partnered with Genesis Wireless to bring high speed internet to the entire city. The city used budget savings from the COVID Cares Act money to purchase the equipment to bring a fixed wireless internet network to the city. Genesis has agreed to operate the network, manage the service subscriptions and maintain all of the equipment. We are in the final stages of getting the equipment installed and operational. Once the network is tested to verify that the requisite speeds are available city wide, the system will go live.
In the meantime, Genesis has launched a “waiting list” whereby people can let Genesis know that they want to subscribe to service once the network is ready. People who want to get on the list or just want more information can send an email to Genesis at: email@example.com and mention North Branch in the subject line.
Here are the rates for service:
No Contracts Unlimited Use (No Data Caps) $45 up to 25Mb/6 $65 up to 50Mb/10 $95 up to 100Mb/20
Equipment will be extra – purchase or lease options available.
Please share this information with everyone you know who might need service.
Parking options in North Branch are more visible than ever!
Chisago County will be reconstructing CSAH 30, starting at TH95 in downtown and continuing up to the city limits with Harris. The project will result in a temporary closure of CSAH 30 between TH95 and Cedar, which will impact parking on the street during construction and following. Once the new road is open, there will be no street parking in that area.
The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information
Rural Stormwater Utility Fee
The process for how property owners will be charged the annual rural stormwater fee is changing for 2021. Up through and including 2020, the rural stormwater fee charge has been on your property tax bill. Per state statue, we are no longer able to bill the fee that way. Instead, you will soon see a bill coming directly from the City for your annual charge. This is not a new fee the City is imposing, it is just being billed in a different manner.
We are intending to have all bills mailed out the first week of March, with the due date being June 1, 2021. This is a change, so we are giving an extended window of time to pay your bill.
Incumbent Worker Training program available through CMJTS
Please contact Rebecca for more details and click on the brochure.
Rebecca Perrotti Business Services Coordinator Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services, Inc. 903 E. Forest Avenue, Mora, MN 55051 p: 612.247.9319 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID Frozen Meal Pop Up Distribution Sites
With COVID, the Central MN Council on Aging is working hard to utilize our federal funding to get meals out to older adults in need. In addition to the ongoing home delivered meal programs being funded, we are now partnering with Catholic Charities to provide frozen meal pick up at 18 community locations. Catholic Charities is providing healthy frozen meal bundles to older adults 60 years and older. These frozen meals are in 10 and 20 meal packs of in oven and microwavable safe containers and are being distributed via a no-contact drive-through at 20 locations including Avon, Askov, Brainerd, Foley, Hinckley, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Milica, Mora, North Branch, Ogilvie, Paynesville, Pierz, Pillager, Rush City, Sandstone, Sartell and St Cloud.
Participants must be 60 years of age and older to be eligible. There is no cost, but donations are accepted.
CSAH 30 (Forest Boulevard) Reconstruction Project Chisago County Public Works, in partnership with the Cities of North Branch and Harris, is planning a road construction project on County State Aid Highway 30 (Forest Boulevard) from TH 95 in North Branch to CSAH 10 (Stark Road) in Harris.
The purpose of the construction project is to improve mobility, safety, and freight access along CSAH 30 between North Branch and Harris, with construction occurring over the spring and summer months of 2021.
Construction is anticipated to begin as early as April, 2021.
For more info and to obtain project updates, please visit the project page at the link below
Arrowhead Transit/AEOA Looking For Volunteer Drivers
Heartland Express has been acquired by Arrowhead Transit/AEOA. Arrowhead has a very robust Volunteer Driver program which Colette Hanson runs. Martin Lepak is their Recruiter (who is featured in our next Volunteer Driver Forum on January 20th).
Please click on the flyer for complete details as they are looking for Volunteer Drivers to help facilitate the program in Chisago and Isanti counties.
The Inventor Assistance Program is offering another virtual Provisional Patent Application workshop on Wednesday, February 10 from 5:30-7. This is a link to the announcement on our website. The announcement is also posted on the LegalCORPS Facebook page and will be on LinkedIn later today.
The event is free but we ask participants to register via Eventbrite. This is a useful workshop for any small business that has potential IP issues to protect. Following the workshop, we will be offering brief advice consultations for participants with IP attorneys.
Chisago County Small Business Relief Program
The Chisago County Board approved and staff completed the changes to the Chisago County Small Business Relief Program. The program has $1.09M to distribute. The Chisago County HRA-EDA will be administrating the program, just like the CARES Act program.
Provided below are guidelines and application, however all applicants can apply online at www.chisagocounty.org as well. Please direct businesses needing assistance to the Chisago HRA-EDA.
The plan with the County program is to get the money out to those who need it quickly and efficiently. Businesses that were forced to close down due to Governor Walz EO 20-99, have been targeted and are eligible for $10K, while all other businesses are eligible for $5K.
After a holiday break, the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club returns on Tuesday, January 26th at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone – only format.
This event will be highlighted by presentations from two “Business Success Stories” – Kim Erickson, President of Cambridge State Bank, and John Norris – President of Atscott Manufacturing and Tower Solutions.
This event is free to attend, but registration is required. To register, please see the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club website: www.ecmnbusiness.com
Ice Skating RinksThe City maintained ice rink at 95/Grand(Main) and the rink at Wildridge are open for skating. Under current executive orders the warming houses can not be open. The city will be providing extra benches and tables near the rinks for skaters to sit and change into their skates. Portable toilets will also be provided.
The City is working with the North Branch Area School District and North Branch Area Hockey Association to get the outdoor hockey rink at the High School up and running. The Main and Wilidridge rinks are dedicated for open skating and the rink at the High School will be dedicated for Hockey.
The city will continue to monitor any changes in public health guidelines that could potentially allow warming houses to open later in the season.
Helping Local Restaurants Dear Residents:
The coronavirus has impacted life for all and changed the way businesses need to operate to stay afloat for the time being. The aforementioned trio of restaurants, along with many others in the area, might not be able to allow customers to sit and have meals inside their buildings until the governor’s order is lifted, but they’re offering the community meals nonetheless via takeout and drive-up options. Here is is some information to help you with their current timings and ordering options. Please click Detailsfor more details.
Several Grants Available
Dear Residents, There are several grants available:
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.
Winter Parking Regulations
Winter Parking Regulations - Effective Nov 1, 2020
Reminder, Winter Parking regulations take effect on Nov 1, 2020.
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 detailsto 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.
2020 Street Mill and OverlayThe 2020 Construction Season in Underway! 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 August.
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.
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
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 email@example.com. 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: http://northbranchcitymn.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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: