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This Rush City Area Community Guide is produced by ECM Publishers Inc.

This guide is brought to you through the ECM Post Review Editor is MaryHelen Swanson, Advertising Manager is Mary Eslinger Copy compiled by ECM Publishers, Inc. ©2012 ECM Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

This book may not be reproduced in any way without written permission of ECM Publishers, Inc.

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CONTENTS Chamber of Commerce....................................... 19-26 Chisago County Parks.............................................. 37 Chisago County Historical Society.......................... 40 Churches................................................................... 15 Community Read...................................................... 40 East Central Minnesota Chorale.............................. 35 Events & Activities Calendar.................................... 41 Fishing...................................................................... 12 Food Shelf................................................................. 16 Government/Phone Numbers....................... 7, 8, 9, 31 Health Care/Medical Services.................................. 13 Hunting..................................................................... 10 Library...................................................................... 38 Map – Chisago County Map.................................... 42 Minnesota Correctional Facility.............................. 36 Music Festival........................................................... 33 Public Transportation.............................................. 37 Rush City Aquatic/Recreation Center..................... 32 Rush City Community Service Award...................... 39 Rush City Improvement Project............................... 11 Rush City Schools..................................................... 28 Rush City Women’s Club........................................... 16 Service Clubs............................................................ 30 Youth Organizations................................................ 34 Welcome..................................................................... 5

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS AmericInn................................................................... 3 Annette Schellbach’s Daycare/Preschool.................. 27 Auto Value Parts Store................................................ 6 Bulrush Golf Club..................................................... 18 Carlson Heating & Sheet Metal.................................. 8 Coldwell Banker Pro IV............................................ 44 Country Charm Mercantile...................................... 39 Courage Center........................................................... 7 East Central Energy.................................................... 8 East Central Sanitation & Recycling........................ 36 East Central Screen Printing.................................... 18 Ecumen North Branch Senior Living....................... 38 Ecumen Parmly Life Pointes/Point Pleasant Heights.. 2 Fabric, Fashions & More............................................. 9 Fairview Pharmacy.................................................... 35 Hermann Insurance.................................................. 44

Lamperts...................................................................... 3 Mid Minnesota Trucking............................................ 6 North Branch Vet...................................................... 37 Perry’s Auto Salon, Inc................................................ 3 Peterson’s Country Mill............................................ 36 Plastech Corporation.................................................. 5 Prefer Paving............................................................. 10 Rush City Car/Truck Wash....................................... 35 Rush City Foods.......................................................... 6 Rush City Liquor......................................................... 9 Rush City Tire & Auto Care...................................... 36 Rush Printing............................................................ 39 Snap Fitness............................................................... 39 Soft Dental................................................................. 43 Terry’s Disposal & Recycling.................................... 27 Wild Mountain/Taylors Falls Recreation................. 34

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Welcome to Rush City, Minnesota Welcome to Rush City, Minnesota, a small town rich in history with a face to the future. It was a great place to live in the 1800s and it remains a great place in the 21st century. Rush City might look like a sleepy little village, but it is full of busy people doing a lot of exciting things. With all that the town and area have to offer, it’s easy to see why Rush City is an attractive place in which to live and do business. Rush City has housing for all stages of life. There are many commercial businesses and an industrial park with successful companies that offer jobs to many people. A quiet community, Rush City still boasts of having many of the amenities that people look for in larger towns. Among them are gas stations/convenience stores, a fullservice grocery store, a thrift shop, video stores, banks, a pharmacy, day care and preschool services, auto repair, parts and sales businesses, car wash, storage facilities, coffee shops, a fabric store, insurance agents, a bakery, funeral home, municipal liquor store, realtors, post office, modern medical and dental services, a long-term care facility with an Alzheimer’s unit, and a school system that serves children from birth through high school. There is even a store dedicated to party needs and a lively bowling alley. Community safety is assured by a well-trained and equipped volunteer fire department and policing is done

through a contract with the Chisago County Sheriff ’s office. Rush City is the home of a regional airport, the only one between the Twin Cities and Duluth, and can accommodate small jets. There is a flight school there, too. There are churches of many denominations for spiritual development and growth. The centerpiece of the downtown area is an exciting aquatic center with pools for every age group. This facility draws people from far and wide and offers great recreation all summer long. In addition to fun and relaxation, swimming lessons are offered for many ages beginning with toddlers.

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Welcome – continued from page 5 Other recreational opportunities in the Rush City area include boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and summer ball leagues. On almost any given night from spring to early fall, the ball fields are being used and competition is keen. Folks who enjoy living in Rush City can participate in clubs and organization where they have opportunities to serve the community as well as share quality time with friends and neighbors. Senior citizens can gather at the community center in the senior housing building, where a dining site offers noon meals and special programs. And Rush City is fortunate to have a branch of the East Central Regional Library. Special events include the annual citywide garage sale, and the city hosts the Chisago County Fair in July, with its big county fair parade. During the school year there are concerts, athletic events and theatrical productions to attend at the schools. It’s easy to see why the folks like Rush City. You can keep as busy as you want, or just come home and relax. Rush City is a good place to do business, a great place to raise a family and a wonderful place to call home. We hope you’ll find the information in this community guide helpful. Many thanks to the sponsors and the Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce for making it possible. MaryHelen Swanson Editor, ECM Post Review � ���� �� � ���� ����� ������� ���� ������� �� ��� ��� ���� ������ ����



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Government – City of Rush City City Hall 325 S. Eliot Ave. P.O. Box 556 (320) 358-4743, FAX (320) 358-4067, open M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. City Administrator Amy Mell (320) 358-4743 City Deputy Clerk Sue Hochstatter (320) 358-4743 Accounts Clerk Lisa Ripp (320) 358-4743 Mayor Nancy Schroeder (320) 358-4030 Council members Jamie Amundson Mick Louzek (320) 358-3138 Al Hoffman (320) 358-3189 Bob Oscarson (320) 358-4249

The Rush City Council meets the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Planning Commission Members are: Mitch Haugrud, (320) 358-0218, Jeff Jacobson, (320) 358-4628, Jim Larsin (320) 358-3594, Vacant, Jim Hofstetter, (320) 358-0053, and Ron Sellers (320) 358-9999. The Rush City Planning Commission meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. City Attorney Peter, Grundhoefer, Grundhoefer & Alliegro, LLC (651) 257-2624 City Engineer Barry Peters, SEH Inc., St. Paul (800) 325-2055 Rush City Volunteer Fire Department Bob Carlson, chief (320) 358-4743

Police - Chisago County Sheriff ’s Department Jason Foster - Sargeant (320) 358-4741 Rush City Regional Airport Don Swanson, manager (651) 674-4145 Public Works Superintendent Ray Benolken, maintenance garage 51569 Forest Blvd. (320) 358-3142 Rush City Liquor (municipal) 1235 W. 4th Street Carol Hanson, manager (320) 358-3215 Park Board Vacant, Bill Aagaard, Vacant, Bob Frandsen, Channa Tastsides. Meets the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. RC EDA Dave Chmiel, Dennis Pederson, Tim McDonald, Mike Carroll, Vacant. Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:45 p.m.

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Government – City of Harris Harris is a small city of just over 1,200 residents. Harris is dedicated to preserving its open spaces, natural features and rural character while allowing controlled and prudent growth. City Hall is located at 43970 Ginger Ave., PO Box 111, Harris MN 55032. Phone number is 651-674-7546. City Council meets on the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at City Hall at the corner of Ginger Ave. and County Road 9. City Council: Mayor Diane Miller, Council Members are: Judy Hammerstrom, Rodney Larson, Randy Carlson and John Rossini. City Administration: City Clerk Donna Heidelberger, City Treasurer Marlys Balfany, Public Works Johnathan Blom, Building Inspector Steve Thorp, City Engineer Bonestroo, Representative Chuck Schwartz. Planning Commissioners meet the first Monday of even month: Don Cardinal, Cindy Gregoire, Steven Fox, Denise Still, John Rossini (Representative of the City Council). Public Works: Randy Sanford. City Hall is open Monday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Closed on Wednesday and Friday. The City of Harris is easy access from the interstate Highway 35 with many accommodations. The Harris Country Store is convenient, selling gas and other necessities. Cars-R-Us will provide you with automotive needs. Happily Ever After provides body art. Local churches have also been growing in the community: Apostolic Gospel

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Church, Elmcrest & Stark Rd., Harris, 651-674-8338; Harris Covenant Church, 43680 Gates Ave., Harris, 651674-7565; First Lutheran Church, PO Box 8, Harris, 651674-4971. One of the more prominent businesses in Harris is the Kaffe Stuga restaurant. It draws people from all over the state with its homemade cooking and friendly atmosphere. Every year in December, they host a day to serving nothing but a lutefisk dinner. All day long, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., lutefisk, Swedish sausage, rutabagas, potatoes, ham, rolls, salads and a smile. People come from all over, and line up outside, sometimes in weather just above zero degrees, just to get a seat. Harris has two major businesses in its rural areas. Knife River, located southeast of Harris on Harder Ave., is involved in many aspects of road work, blacktopping, cement, gravel, and crushed rock. Ed Fields & Sons grow carrots, radishes, parsnips, and potatoes on the peat lands southeast of Harris. They also have a large cold storage facility on Harder Ave. Harris Pioneer Day is celebrated every August with family events all day long: Car Show with awards, Outhouse Races, Craft Booths, Kids Games, lots of Music and Food. Homemade pies by the Harris Auxiliary Club are always a favorite. New events added every year. Come and spend the day with us in Harris.

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Government – Townships, County, State Township Boards Nessel Township Town Hall 49205 Acacia Trail Stanchfield, MN 55080 (320) 396-2702 Meets second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Township Board Stan Iskierka, clerk, (320) 358-0760, Tom McKenzie, chairman, (320) 358-3844, Mary Rahman, treasurer, (320) 3580157, Ray Henderson, (320) 358-3088, Helen Leier (320) 396-3830, John Sutcliffe, (320) 396-0320 and Michelle Meis, (320) 358-3251. Rushseba Township Town Hall 51445 Forest Blvd. Rush City, MN 55069 (320) 358-3307 Meets the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Township Board John Kay, clerk, (320) 358-4569, Peter Johnson, (320) 358-3581, Jon Moulton, (320) 358-3534, Rodney Swanson, treasurer, (320) 358-3545, and Marty Youngbauer, (320) 358-3522.

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District 1 - Lora Walker (Center City) (651) 213-8831 District 2 - Rick Greene (North Branch) (651) 583-2513 District 3 - George McMahon (Chisago City) (651) 2572701 District 4 - Ben Montzka (Wyoming) (651) 462-4200 District 5 - Mike Robinson (Rush City) (320) 358-3223

State Senator Senate District 17 - Sean Nienow, GOP, 120 Capitol Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-296-5419; Cambridge, (763) 689-1623; e-mail:

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District 17B - Bob Barrett, GOP, 413 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155, 651-296-5377, Shafer (651) 213-1090, e-mail: District 17A - Kurt Daudt, Assistant Majority Leader, 487 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155; 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155, (651) 296-5364, e-mail:

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Fish Lake Township Town Hall 2170 Brunswick Road, Harris, MN 55032 (651) 674-7709 Meets the second Monday of the month at 6 p.m. Township Board Andrea Nekowitsch, clerk, (320) 358-3924, Sharon McAndrew, treasurer, (651) 674-8597, Bob Carter, Chairperson, (651) 674-8790, Corey Johnson, supervisor, (651) 6740660, and Diane Larkin, supervisor, (612) 860-1743.

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Area Hunting Hunting opportunities in the Rush City area include whitetail deer, wild turkey, waterfowl of many kind, pheasant, bear, grouse and other small game. Most of the land in the area is privately owned and permission is a must to hunt on these lands. Wild turkeys are fast becoming one of the most popular game for Minnesota hunters, probably due to the illusiveness and intelligence of wild turkeys. Hunting rules, regulations, and application procedures vary depending on the game sought and the geographic area. Licenses can be purchased through the DNR, or at a variety of businesses, such as bait/tackle stores, sporting goods stores, convenience stores, and some gas stations. The DNR has hunting regulations books available at its state and regional offices, with complete information also in its web site. Available through the DNR are Public Recreation Information Maps (PRIM). The maps bring together the most up-to-date information on federal, state, and county lands and their recreational facilities, making it easier to find that unique spot for your outdoor enjoyment. Each map displays parks, forests, waterfowl production areas, and wildlife management areas. In addition, each map show facilities such as state trails, fishing piers, campgrounds, historic sites and more. PRIM maps can be purchased for $5.95 plus S&H at DNR regional offices. For complete and up-to-date information on hunting and

fishing rules and regulations, please visit the DNR web site: or call (651) 296-6157. Firearms Instruction In Rush City, there are Gun Safety/Firearms training classes each spring at the Rush City High School. The class, approximately 65 in size, runs for six weeks and includes a field trip where the students learn safe firearm handling practices. Volunteer instructors are long-time residents of the Rush City area and take time to train students and parents on the safe handling of firearms and hunting rules and regulations. For more information, contact the Rush City High School at 320-358-4855. Search the DNR’s website for upcoming classes. Hunting license Information You can purchase Minnesota hunting licenses from county auditors or their agents, including resorts, bait and tackle shops, outfitters, some service stations and convenience stores, and many other popular businesses or online at www.dnr. Deer license fees are $27 for individuals 16 and over. There are special licenses that may be purchased depending on the zone in which you are hunting. Please refer to the DNR web site for complete information at

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Improvement project in Rush City resumes in spring

Photos by Jon Tatting The State Hwy. 361 reconstruction and utility project in Rush City is expected to resume this spring with much of the focus on 4th Street. Work on this second and last phase is scheduled to end some time in August. The hope is people will be able to navigate through town, with help from marked detours, while accessing businesses and all of the planned summer activities. “We realize this construction project will be an inconvenience, and we greatly appreciate everyone’s patience,” is the word from City Hall. Starting in April, weather permitting, A-1 Excavating will be back to remove and replace the old water, sewer and storm sewer lines, street, curb, sidewalk and street lights on 4th Street from the intersection of Co. Rd. 30 to the intersection of Fairfield Avenue. The construction crew plans to start working on the east end of 4th Street, at Co. Rd. 30, and continue to the west a few blocks at a time. The streets, curb and sidewalk will also be removed and replaced on Field Avenue from 4th to 5th Street and on Dana Avenue from 4th to 5th Street. The city parking lot between Dana Avenue and the railroad tracks will be reconstructed. New street lights, including decorative types in the downtown area, are part of the project, and mill and overlay is planned for Fairfield from 4th Street on north to the end of the pavement and 4th Street from Interstate 35 to Fairfield Avenue. Planned are new sidewalks, from the north side along the fair grounds to the east side of Fairfield from 4th Street to the school entrance. Community leaders have expressed optimism over how the new sidewalk will give students a safer walking route to school. Also at the school entrance, the Rush City School District

has been working on expanding it to better accommodate school bus and general vehicles. Detours will be similar to the previous portion of the project. Traffic coming on 4th Street from the west will be detoured on Fairfield Avenue south to Co. Rd. 7 or north to Co. Rd. 3. Detour maps and further information will be available at city hall. “This is an aggressive schedule, so we’re hoping for better weather next spring to get started on 4th Street as soon as possible,” city engineer Barry Peters said last year. Today, most of the first phase of the project is over; the new bridge over Rush creek is complete and so is Co. Rd. 30. The water, sewer and storm sewer have been reconstructed on Co. Rd. 30 from 4th Street to the old liquor store, along with the sidewalks and curbs. Because the new street lights are not ready yet, the old wooden poles will remain until spring when the new ones are installed. The asphalt in the sidewalk will be replaced with concrete when the old poles are taken out. The third lift of blacktop from the old liquor store to the county line will also need to be completed this year. Construction times are expected from 7 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. The contractor does not anticipate working on weekends, unless there are delays or unforeseen issues. The project came to light when State Hwy. 361 (4th Street and Bremer Avenue) no longer met the state’s definition of a state highway. As a result, the state turned back the highway to Chisago and Pine counties and will pay to improve and reconstruct the road. For more information, call Rush City City Hall at 320358-4743 and check out the city’s website at for project updates.

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Area Fishing

Area Fishing North Branch area is home to many lakes, streams and rivers for various activities. For fishing, you will find: East and West Rush Lake, Fish Lake, Goose Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Sunrise Lake, Sunrise River and St. Croix River. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has an abundance of information available on local waters, including species of fish available, quality of the water, water depth, and locations. The DNR also offers general information on fishing and hunting. They offer the following information on local lakes and rivers. Additional information can be obtained at the DNR web site,, or by contacting the area fisheries supervisor at 320-384-7721. Rush Lake Rush Lake is actually made up from two lakes: East Rush and West Rush. The two are located west of Rush City with one access maintained by the Minnesota DNR. Each access has two cement loading ramps of concrete and docks for easy launching of boats and watercrafts. East Rush Lake is accessible from the northeast end in section 11. There is enough room for approximately 30 vehicles and their trailers. The second access is on West Rush Lake located on the west-central side the lake off Co. Rd. 4. This area also can accommodate 30-40 vehicles and trailers with onsite portable restrooms. These two lakes connect to form Rush Lake through a channel that is accessible to the public. Special regulations on both lakes include a 24 to 36 inch protected slot for northern pike and a 48 inch minimum for muskellunge. Characteristics of East Rush Lake are quite different from that of West Rush. Many people will tell you the fishing is not the same on either one, but is all the fun on both. East Rush is approximately 1,359 acres with a maximum depth of 24 feet, and water clarity of 2.40 feet. The lake is managed

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primarily for muskellunge and walleye and secondly for large mouth bass, black crappie, bluegill and northern pike. Fish species in the lake include Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Large mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Golden Shiner, Freshwater Drum, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch. West Rush Lake is approximately 1,464 acres with a maximum depth of 42 feet and water clarity of 3.1 feet. Fish species found in West Rush are similar to those of East Rush. Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Large mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Walleye, Yellow Bullhead, Yellow Perch, Common Carp, Freshwater Drum, Golden Shiner, Hybrid Sunfish, Muskellunge, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle and White Sucker. Fish stocking on both East and West Rush Lakes dates back to the early 1900s, which consisted of sporadic stocking of such species as northern pike, large mouth bass, crappie, sunfish, walleye and muskellunge. Walleye fingerling stocking began in the 1970s and continues to the present day. Current plans call for annual walleye fingerling stocking. Muskellunge stocking began in 1968 and currently muskellunge fingerlings are stocked every year. Rush Lake Island SNA, locally know as Crane Island, protects one of the state’s largest heron rookeries, with as many as 500 active great blue heron nests each year. Blackcrowned night herons are also found in this rookery. A few great egrets have begun to nest on the island in the last decade. The best time for viewing is in the spring and early summer from a boat. Landing on the island is not permitted between April 15 and July 15 in order to protect the young herons.

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Medical Services

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Fairview Rush City Clinic Fairview Rush City Clinic, 760 W. 4th St., Rush City, (320) 358-4784, offers primary and specialty physicians caring for children and adults, as well as laboratory, x-ray, mobile digital mammography, physical therapy, podiatry, and anticoagulation clinic. Clinic hours are Monday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The clinic is part of Fairview Health Services, which also operates Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview and University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. Fairview Pharmacy Rush City is located next door to the clinic in Rush City. Open six days a week, the pharmacy provides full prescription services including mail order prescription refills and many generic drugs for only $4.99, as well as a full selection of non-prescription medications, cards and gifts. Lakes Region Emergency Medical Services Lakes Region EMS is a private, not for profit ambulance service providing Advanced Life Support care to all of Chisago County and parts of surrounding areas. Our primary service area encompasses 450 square miles of rural and suburban areas with a current population of 51,000 persons. We have ambulances staged throughout the county at stations in Chisago City, North Branch and Rush City. From these three locations, we provide 24 hour 911 emergency and non-emergency response, as well as interfacility transports for multiple surrounding hospitals. In addition to our 911 response, we provide several education opportunities for professional and civilian needs. We are passionate about fulfilling our promise to provide state-of-the-art patient care, outstanding customer service through dedication to the communities we serve and financial health and responsibility. For more infomration, please visit our website at www.lrems. com ro call us at 651.277.4911. Fairview Lakes Medical Center Residents who live along the I-35 corridor northeast of the Twin Cities have convenient state-of-the-art care at Fairview Medical Center, (651) 982-7000. Located at 5200 Fairview Blvd. in Wyoming, and easily reached by Highway 61 (County Road 30) and I-35, the medical center is the hub of a seamless system of care offering everything from routine diagnostics to specialty medicine, cancer care, heart care and surgical and nonsurgical orthopedics. Three times nationally recognized for heart care, Fairview Lakes Medical Center provides complete hospital, clinical, surgical, diagnostic and rehabilitation services, including 59 inpatient beds, five operating rooms, and 80 patient exam rooms in 10 medical clinics staffed by 50 onsite medical providers including the recently expanded Cancer Clinic staffed by two University of Minnesota Physicians oncologists. Specialty services at Fairview Lakes Medical Center include: family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, general and orthopedic surgery, cancer care, heart care, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology and optometry, urology, rheumatology, ear, nose and throat and audiology and hearing aid sales, obstetrics and gynecology, sports medicine and other medical specialties including acupuncture, outpatient chemotherapy and infusion therapy and reproductive and allergy services. Consulting specialists are available in nephrology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and several pediatric sub-specialties. A recently remodeled birthing center with spacious and relaxing private rooms accommodates women and their families before, during and after giving birth. We offer lactation consultation services six days a week. A Fairview pharmacy and University of Minnesota Physicians Radiation Therapy Center are located onsite, and Meadows on Fairview, assisted living and memory care facility and the Meadow View rent-subsidized apartments for older adults are located across the street. You can walk in to Urgent Care without an appointment from noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week. The Fairview Lakes Nurse line is staffed around the clock at 800-573-3027 or 651-982-7700. To make a clinic appointment during regular business hours, call 320-358-4784. Call 855-FAIRVIEW (324-7843) at any time 24/7 for an appointment at any Fairview clinic or make an appointment online at Golden LivingCenter-Rush City Golden LivingCenter in Rush City provides short-term and long-term skilled nursing care to the Rush City community and surrounding areas. The facility not only provides nursing services, but also physical, occupational, and speech therapies; IV services; TPN services; individualized nutrition and recreation programs, and much more. With a capacity of 49 residents, of which 22 beds are designated for our therapeutic secured Alzheimer’s care unit, approximately 50 percent of all of their admissions return home within the first year. Golden Living Center also provides various services to the community including outpatient therapy services and blood pressure checks. A staff of about 65 associates cares for the residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are also employment opportunities available within the facility and company that provide for training and advancement. It is located at 650 Bremer Ave. at 320-358-4765. Burnett Medical Center Burnett Medical Center, located at 257 West St. George Ave. in Grantsburg, WI, provides primary care, family practice, specialty care clinics including cardiology, gastroenterology, general surgery, internal medicine, ophthalmology, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, ear-nose-throat, and urology. It also has a fully equipped hospital with urgent care and emergency services, along with nursing home care. Burnett Medical Center is located just off Hwy. 70, west of Grantsburg. The general information number is 1-800-293-5353.

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Medical Services – from page 13 Cambridge Medical Center Cambridge Medical Center is a regional medical center providing clinic and hospital services to residents in East Central Minnesota. The medical staff of nearly 100 physicians and providers represents a wide range of medical specialties including: allergy, anesthesiology, audiology, cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, endocrinology, ENT, family medicine, general surgery, hospitalists, infectious disease, internal medicine, nephrology, neurology, ob/gyn, occupational medicine, oncology, ophthalmology and optometry, orthopedics (surgical and non-surgical), pediatrics and adolescent medicine, plastic and reconstructive surgery, podiatry, psychiatry and psychology, radiology, spine/back, urology, and vascular services. Cambridge Medical Center also provides comprehensive inpatient medical services including intensive, care/coronary care, emergency services, general surgery, maternity care, mental health, and chemical dependency care. The medical center has 86 licensed hospital beds and has over 4,000 annual inpatient admissions. Nearly 14,000 patients are seen in the emergency department each year. Outpatient medical services include short stay surgery, chemotherapy, occupational medicine, and physical and rehabilitation therapy. The medical center averages over 100,000 outpatient visits each year. A same day clinic is open seven days a week for non-emergency health care needs. The Same Day Clinic hours are: M-F 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rum River Drug, a retail pharmacy, is located just inside the clinic entrance for patient convenience. Pharmacy hours are: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Comprehensive eye care is provided by ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians in the full-service eye clinic and optical shop located in the medical center. A large selection of frames for all ages, as well as contact lenses are available. Eye clinic hours are: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Cambridge Medical Center is affiliated with Allina Medical Clinic in North Branch serving people in Chisago County. Allina Medical Clinic-North Branch offers comprehensive care in family practice, orthopedics, obstetrics, gynecology, psychology, and diabetes education. Both Cambridge Medical Center and Allina Medical Clinic are part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a non-profit network of hospitals, clinics, and other health care services located throghout Minnesota and estern Wisconsin. Point Pleasant Heights Independent Living – The Companionship of Friends, and The Active, Carefree Retirement Lifestyle You’ve Earned. Interested in the perfect place to live in retirement? Take a walk. Or, go swimming, practice putting, do some gardening, work out, catch a fish, join a book club, peddle your bike, have your family over for dinner, or visit with a friend. At Point Pleasant Heights, 63 apartments and 46 picturesque town homes are designed for independent living and provide options in floor plans, lifestyles and rents while connecting residents to a wealth of community amenities and services. Offering privacy and security within a community of friends and neighbors, these maintenance free, single-level homes include updated kitchens, floors, bathrooms, and spacious living areas. Plans range from one bedroom to two bedrooms with two baths. Basic cable, on-site garages, emergency system, and a reduced membership in the Vitalize! Wellness Centre are additional conveniences included within the monthly fee. Staying active and happy is a way of life as residents enjoy a daily lunch or dinner – served restaurant style in the inviting dining room – optional exercise programs, Studios of Art, a beauty and barber shop, putting green and small garden spaces for personal use. Ecumen’s Parmly LifePointes Ecumen’s Parmly LifePointes is a beautiful 60-acre community located along the shores of Chisago City’s Green Lake. It is surrounded by a beautiful landscape of wooded areas, gardens and walking paths. Begun in 1904 by dedicated Swedish immigrants, this Ecumen community has a tradition of more than a century of serving the Chisago City area. Parmly LifePointes features a wide range of housing options, including town homes and apartments, housing with supportive services, rehabilitation care, skilled nursing services, and speciallly-designed memory care houses. With its diverse combinations of accommodation and services, Parmly LifePointes empowers people to live fully in a community they’re proud to call home. A key Ecumen value is wellness, and the Vitalize! Wellness Centre is a fantastic resource for nurturing physical, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and social wellness for the entire Chisago City community. It includes a swimming pool with salt-sanitized water, which keeps skin healthy; personal trainers; a state-of-the-art fitness room with smart key virtual training; group exercise programs; massage therapy; a serenity garden; community art shows; and a wide variety of educational classes. Vitalize! is a unique Chisago City resource that promotes active aging for everyone. Ecumen North Branch We invite you to the neighborhood, to a thriving community, to a place you’ll be proud to call your own. Unlike other communities that promise a “home-like” atmosphere, Ecumen North Branch has based its entire philosophy on providing a true home for residents and guests. It’s a senior living and health care community that feels a lot like a small town, with four distinct neighborhoods, surrounding a bustling Town Center. Here, you’ll find assisted living and memory care, as well as specialized health care and short-term rehabilitative care. Most importantly, however, you’ll find comfort, convenience and a greater sense of independence. Welcome to the next generation of senior living.

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Rush City Area Churches Rush City Bible Church 260 West Third Street Pastor Greg Gritz, 320-237-5329 Worship: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Harris Evangelical Covenant Church 43680 Gates Ave. P.O. Box 158, Harris • 651-674-7565 • Handicapped Accessible Neil Bonkoski, Pastor • Chris Kelly, Youth Pastor • Worship: Sunday, 10:15 a.m. • Sunday School: 9 a.m.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church 1000 South Jay Ave., PO Box 73 • Rush City • 320-358-4076 Pastor Laurie W. O’Shea Worship: Sunday at 8 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. • Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. Email:

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod 980 West Fourth St., PO Box 368, Rush City • 320-358-3623 e-mail: • Pastor John E. Beck Worship Service: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Family Bible Hour: Sunday 10:20 a.m. Monday 1 p.m. - Longer Look Bible Study

First Lutheran Church of Harris 433779 Gates Avenue, Harris • 651-674-4971 Pastor Richard Mork Handicapped Accessible Worship: Sunday 9:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m. email:

Fish Lake Lutheran 43353 Cedarcrest Trail, west of Harris 651-674-4252 Pastor Dale Stiles Handicapped Accessible. Worship: Sunday at 10 a.m. Sunday School at 9 a.m. Adult Education at 9 a.m. Nursery available. Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.

Rush City Baptist 1080 West Fourth Street, Rush City • 320-358-4014 • email • Pastor David Melin Worship: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.; Wed. 6:30 p.m. AWANA (K-6th Grade) – (Sept-May) Youth Group (Grade 7-12), Pastor Jason Karlsson

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush Point

600 Rush Point Dr., Stanchfield • Pastor Keith Kolzow, 320-358-4829 or Worship: Sunday 10 a.m. 11:00 fellowship (Sept.-May) Nursery Provided • Sunday School at 9:30-11 a.m. June-August: Worship at 9:30 a.m. Fellowship 10:30 a.m.

Church of the Sacred Heart

415 W. 5th St., PO Box 45, Rush City 320-358-4370 • Father Edwin Savundra email: Mass: Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.; Tuesday 6 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m.; Confession: Saturday, 4-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 5:30-6 p.m.

Living Water Fellowship 915 W 8th St., Rush City (former roller skating rink) 320-358-3818 • Pastor: Lee Beecher Worship: Sunday at 10 a.m. and Children’s Church Emial: Also on Facebook

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Rush City Food Shelf

The Rush City food shelf, located at 720 W. 14th St. in the Community Center, has been in operation for approximately 20 years. It offers food to those who have low or no income, disabled, seniors on a fixed income, single parent households, have high medical expenses, or who have encountered emergency situations. Approximately 230 individuals and 100 households are assisted each month (more during the holiday season). Food and monetary donations come to the food shelf from lo-

cal businesses and civic groups, schools, individuals and churches.Monetary donations may be sent to P.O. Box 178, Rush City, MN 55069. Much of our food is purchased from Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank. The food shelf is open every Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. Contact the Food Shelf at (320) 358-4428 during open hours, or for assistance, please call Carolyn Thiel at (320) 358-0903. The website is

Rush City Women’s Club

In 2011, the Rush City Women’s Club celebrated its 90th year. Rush City Mayor Nancy Schroeder read a proclamation declaring May 23 as Rush City Women’s Club Day. The Rush City Women’s Club members number 55 at the present. Over the years the women in the club established the first public library, the first city park, raised funds for scholarships for graduating RCHS seniors, and explored a variety of topics from dealing with teenagers, to cancer, to politics, and even opera. The mission from the beginning has been Community Betterment and Mutual Benefit. At a luncheon that day in May, Marvel Anderson shared the researched history of the club, mostly taken from minutes of the meetings, noting the solid heartfelt contributions made by the women from 1921 to the present. The club was organized in September of 1921 upstairs in the building which is now the gun shop on Main Street. Some of the things the Rush City Women’s Club did over the years included contacting local radio stations asking for more family friendly programming, and especially asking that murder mystery programs be aired only after 9 p.m. The club opposed the selling of hard liquor, and practiced religious and race tolerance. In 1950 they adopted a resolution to have the Cocoa Cola machines pulled out of the schools because the soda caused tooth decay. They were against crime and sex stories in the newspapers. In the 40s, they lobbied the county commissioners for a county nurse. The RC women helped in the US war effort, made pajamas for the Red Cross and collected books for the military. In 1957, 45 women from the county met in Rush City

where the topic of discussion was “Teenagers, what to do with them.” One of the major contributions of the RC Women’s Club to the community was the establishment of the public library. The club ran it and maintained it from 1923-1965. In the mid-30s they had 3000 books in the library. The library has been housed in both of the city’s former creamery buildings, the pump house, a church basement, the Rush City School and the Municipal Hall. After 40 years, the city council voted to manage and maintain the facility. Today, the RC library is a modern facility, well equipped and remodeled and located on Main St. It is now a branch of the East Central Regional Library system. The Women’s Club established and maintained a city park from the late 30s to 1941 when the city took over, but that didn’t mean the ladies stopped caring about it. In 1946, they sent a letter to the village saying they were unhappy with the appearance of the park. And they also lobbied against baseball games being played at the park. As a group they studied programs on world events, got involved in the fight against cancer, learned about marijuana and even studied the National Rifle Association. The learned about tuberculosis and the mantoux test. In 1939, they asked themselves if their club was serving the community to the fullest extent or if they only talked but did nothing about it? In 1941 they sent a letter to a state commissioner about getting a patrolman on the corner of Hwy. 61 (now Forest Blvd.) and Main St. They were concerned that people were not observing the 30 mph there and children used that crossing to get to school. In the early decades they were also interested in getting a bandstand, community center, restrooms, a 10 cent store and more factories. The women raised funds over the years by holding bake sales, apron sales and white elephant sales, among other things. In 1946, they raised $165 for band uniforms. One year the club made arrangements with a plastic company in town to have club members work the lines for one day. They raised $100 for the city’s fireworks fund. A fundraising project over the years, and still their current project, is the production of a community birthday and activities calendar. The sale supports the two $500 scholarships given each year. Current officers are: president Jan Twingstrom, vice president Ceil Shinler, secretary Shirley Jones and co-treasurers Vada Hanson and Dorothy Siljendahl.

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Fishing – from page 12 Fish Lake Fish Lake is located west of Harris, off of Co. Rd. 10. It has an oval shape and is about 1.3 miles long. The shoreline is roughly half developed with homes. There is one public access, owned by the county, on the East Side of the lake. A fee is required on weekends and features an overflow parking area able to accommodate 25 vehicles and their trailers. The lake is approximately 314 acres with a maximum depth of 57 feet and water clarity of 7.4 feet. Fish Lake has dominate bottom substrate, sand, muck and clay. More than half of the lake area is no more than 15 feet deep. Species found in the lake include: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Painted Turtle, Snapping Turtle, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch. Fish Lake is managed primarily for walleye and northern pike, and populations of largemouth bass and panfish are also present. Current plans call for walleye and fingerling stocking annually. Thirty species of aquatic plants were sampled throughout the lake. Fairly diverse populations of various emergent, submergent and floating-leafed species were present. Recently the presence of Eurasian water milfoil was confirmed in Fish Lake. Extra caution is urged to thoroughly inspect boats and trailers, and drain any water when leaving the lake to reduce the risk of spreading the exotic species to uninfested waters. Goose Lake Located northwest of Harris, Goose Lake has one Minnesota DNR managed access on the East Side of the northern

basin. It has a small parking area for about 5 vehicles. Goose Lake is about 754 acres divided into two basins and has a maximum depth of 55 feet with water clarity of 5.8 feet. There are two basins that make up the lake. The northern basin is shallow and subject to winterkill, while the southern is deep and has plenty of oxygen. Goose Lake is primarily managed for walleye, northern pike and large mouth bass; secondly for black crappie and bluegill sunfish. Species found in this lake are: Black Bullhead, Bluegill, Brown Bullhead, Green Sunfish, Hybrid Sunfish, Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, Snapping and Painted Turtle, White Sucker, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch. Stocking dates back to 1908, and has included various species of fish. Walleye have been stocked on a regular basis since the 1970s, with current plans calling for annual stocking of walleye fingerlings. There is a 17 inch minimum length regulation for walleye, and there is a possession limit of 5 crappies. Horseshoe Lake Horseshoe Lake is located west of Harris near Stark, a small town off Co. Rds. 8 and 63. There is a concrete public access on the lake, which can accommodate a few vehicles and trailers. Horseshoe Lake is 197 acres with a maximum depth of 53 feet. Species found in this lake include: Black Bullhead, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Bowfin (Dogfish), Common Carp, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, White Crappie, Yellow Bullhead and Yellow Perch. The lake is managed primarily as a northern pike lake. Although the

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Fishing – from page 17 lake suffered a partial winterkill 20 years ago, fish populations have rebounded and no winterkill has been recorded since. Good numbers of northern pike, largemouth bass, and bluegill sunfish are present, with varying numbers of crappie. St. Croix River Designed as a Wild and Scenic Waterway by the Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources), the St. Croix River flows just a few miles east of Rush City. Excellent bank fishing can be found at little used accesses on the Minnesota side, off of Old Ferry Road and the Old Government Road east of Rush City. Anglers find success fishing for walleye, muskie, northern, small mouth bass, catfish and sturgeon. However, all sturgeon caught must be immediately released back into the water. The St. Croix is a river of two moods-the upper river is a wild stream of lofty pines and myriad white-water tributaries; the lower is a placid river of quiet tree-shaded backwaters. The heavily wooded banks of the upper St. Croix valley are predominantly birch, maple, oak, aspen and basswood. The extensive forests of white pine that once covered the slopes disappeared during the valley’s logging boom in the last half of the 19th century. The St. Croix has little prime waterfowl habitat and hunting pressure is light. However, waterfowl which may be found in the area are mallard, wood duck, ring-necked duck

and blue-winged teal. Upland game birds include ruffed grouse and woodcock. The most plentiful game animal is the white-tailed deer. Other wildlife along the St. Croix include beaver, raccoon, otter, mink, muskrat and fox. In addition to catfish, the St. Croix harbors walleye, northern pike, largemouth and small mouth bass, muskie and sauger. According to the 1997 Fish Consumption Advisory, women of childbearing age and children may eat only black crappie and bluegill sunfish. Other people should eat only one meal a month of other fish species. The beautiful character of the St. Croix has earned the river its status as Minnesota’s first stream in the national wild and scenic rivers system. Administered by the National Park Service, the St. Croix National Scenic River way was designated in 1968 to preserve the scenic qualities of the river and to provide adequate access for recreational users. Fishing license Information You can purchase Minnesota fishing licenses from county auditors or their agents, including resorts, bait and tackle shops, outfitters, some service stations and convenience stores, and many other popular businesses or online at You can also get your license and fish stamps by calling 1-888-665-4236. There is a small charge by phone of $3.50 beyond the regular fee for the license. Yearly license fees are $18 for individuals 16 and over, $26 for married individuals and $9.50 for a 24-hour license.

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Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 713 Rush City, MN 55069 320-358-4639 “The Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce, through the cooperative efforts of businesses, professionals, farmers, community organizations and all interested persons strives to promote civic, commercial and industrial progress and to enhance the quality of life in the Rush City area.”


(Seated) Erin Oare, Director; Margaret Mold, Director; Lori Engle, Director; Lyn Eby, Director (Standing) Jeana Mikyska, Executive Director; Sandy McCall, Treasurer; Jill Bolejack, President-Elect; Troy Lerch, Past President; Holly Schellbach, President and Todd Anderson, Director (Not Pictured:) Brenda Dahl, Director

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rush city area CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce PO Box 713 Rush City, MN 55069 320-358-4639 You are invited to join the Rush City Area Chamber! Promoting existing and new businesses, tourism and our community as a whole. Mission The Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce, through the cooperative efforts of business, professional, farmers, community organizations, and all interested persons, strives to promote civic, commercial and industrial programs and to enhance the quality of life in the Rush City area. Networking & Marketing Opportunities General Chamber Meetings, Committee Involvement, Chamber Page in the Scotsman, Business After Hours (BAH) Events, Informational Resources, Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities, Statewide Business Events, Website Advertising, Information Kiosk, Bi-annual Rush City Area Map and Annual Community Guide. Everyone is Welcome! We encourage individuals and couples to join the Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce. Though you may not own a business, you do support local the area businesses.

Meetings & Networking The Executive Board is meeting monthly to conduct business, and anyone is welcome to attend. General Chamber Meetings are being held monthly. As a Chamber Member, your business will benefit as Rush City grows through the business to business networking and support this Chamber offers. Chamber Members receive priority referral to both visitors and local customers to service their needs. welcome to rush city! Located just one hour north of the Twin Cities metro area on I-35, Rush City embraces small town values and hospitality that define “Minnesota Nice.” Although modest in population, this city is growing residentially and commercially. From great learning facilities to the aquatic recreation center, diverse economic base of agri-business, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, correctional facility, and tourism, Rush City is a great town to call home! Rush City is the site of the longest paved, lighted air runway on the I-35 corridor, making the area very accessible and also has the largest industrial park (employing over 700 people) between the metro area and Duluth. Fishing, camping, groomed snowmobile trails and recreational opportunities include picturesque natural environments encompassing woods, rivers and lakes. Thanks to ECM Publishers for making this directory possible! Jeana Mikyska, Executive Director Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce

RUSH CITY AREA 2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS • January 28th • March 17th • May 12th • May 17th • May 19th • June 3rd

Community Service Award Banquet - Recipient, Mike Carroll Music & Art Festival Bowling Tournament @ Chuckers Bowl Rush City Garage Sale Day Spring Wine Tasting Event Rush City City Wide Clean Up Day

Graduation • June 10th Fly-In • July 14th Chisago County Fair Parade • August 17th & 18th 10th Annual Music & Art Festival • September 21st Fall Golf Classic • November 16th Fall Wine Tasting • December 1st Santa Day

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Rush City Area Chamber of Commerce Members Accountant Duane McCall, CPA 651-429-0724

1265 W. 3rd St., Suite #102 PO Box 643 Rush City, MN 55069

Full-service accounting office specializing in: - general accounting and financial reporting for business. - tax preparation and reporting for business, individuals, and non-profit organizations. - assistance with regulatory reporting for nonprofit organizations with charitable lawful gambling.

Advertising/Printing Great Ideas Vinyl Lettering and Designs 320-358-3926 or 612-990-4468

280 W 4th St. Rush City, MN 55069

Commercial & recreational vehicle lettering & graphics, logo design, variety of indoor & outdoor signage, banners, window lettering, magnetic signs, custom decals & stencils, real estate signs & frames, installation supplies, vinyl removal, t-shirts & sweatshirts, standard & “see-thru” vinyl printing.

East Central Screen Printing 651-237-1198 7637 386th St. North Branch, MN 55056 You dream it, we'll put it on a shirt! Screen and digital garment printing. One to one thousand, no job too BIG or too small. Full service garment printer: Traditional screen printing as well as state of the art digital direct to garment printing. Minimums as low as ONE piece! Photo quality results in as little as 24 hrs, even quicker if you say "PLEASE!" Promotional items too! Pens, magnets, calendars and KeyTags are just the start. Photo restoration and manipulation.

Rush Printing, Inc. 320-358-3190 250 W 5th Street Rush City, MN 55069 Commercial printer specializing in envelopes, letterhead, business forms, and cards. High quality color printing. Office supplies and specialty papers, invitations and cards.

Appraiser James R. Ertz Appraisal Service 320-358-3337 - Office 651-253-5568 - Cell PO Box 336 Rush City, MN 55069 East Central Minnesota real estate appraiser & real estate sales since 1978.

Apparel Cynthia’s Bridal Emporium 320-358-0701 51275 Falcon Ave. Rush City, MN 55069 Bridal, prom, special occasion dresses, shoes, jewelry & accessories. Tuxedo rental.

North Branch Outlets 651-674-5886 or 800-409-3631

38500 Tanger Dr. Suite 115 North Branch, MN 55056 Hwy. 95 & I 35 North Branch Outlets, (formerly Tanger Outlets) welcomes you to shop from over 30 brand name manufacturers. You will find the lowest prices everyday from manufacturers like Nike Factory Outlet, GAP, Old Navy, OshKosh B’Gosh, Carter’s, Corningware, Dressbarn, Bath & Body Works Outlet, Maurices and more. Mon-Sat 10am - 8pm, & Sun 11-6

Attorneys/Legal Jennings, DeWan & Anderson, LLC 651-674-4437

6338 Main St, PO Box 8 North Branch, MN 55056 Jennings, DeWan & Anderson, LLC, is a full-service law firm committed to providing high quality legal services for reasonable fees. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you and discuss how we may be of service.

Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. 651-325-6560 Lori Engel Independent Associate/Group Benefits Specialist Throughout your lifetime you'll need legal assistance for such events as traffic tickets, property purchases, warranty disputes, foreclosure, drawing up your will, living will, or healthcare directive. As a PPL Member, you can expect to have these legal services at your fingertips for less than $1 per day.

Auctioneer JJ's Auctioneering 612-801-3068

10800 385th Street North Branch, MN 55056 Auctioneering service that does both online and live auctions. We also do benefit and fundraising auctions. Our service has many avenues to liquidate your items.

Automotive G&G Auto Supply 320-358-3651

105 W. 4th St, PO Box 605 Rush City, MN 55069 Automotive, truck, tractor supplies and accessories. Automotive paint & body shop supplies. 25+ years of experience with twice daily shipments from our St. Paul warehouse.

Jerry’s Auto Repair, Inc. 320-358-3476 1265 W 3rd St, PO Box 551 Rush City, MN 55069

Jerry’s repair offers full service auto and truck care performed by an honest, skilled and licensed mechanic. Hours: Mon-Fri 8-5:30.

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Automotive Perry’s Auto Salon, Inc. 320-358-4211

875 South Bremer, PO Box 298 Rush City, MN 55069 Serving Rush City Area for 30 years. Auto body & collision repair. Certified technicians. Loaner cars available. Computerized estimates.

Rush City Tire & Auto 320-358-4440 320 S Bremer Ave. Rush City, MN 55069

We are a full service tire and auto repair facility employing ASE Certified auto technicians providing over 50 years total experience. Business hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Aviation Hawk Aviation 320-358-3665

51601 Forest Blvd. Rush City, MN 55069 Flight school, aircraft charter, rental, pilot supplies.

Rush City Aircraft 612-616-9947

38186 Fieldstone Dr. North Branch, MN 55056 Used aircraft sales - Rush City Regional Airport.

Bait Rush Lake Resort & Campground 320-358-4427 51170 Rush Lake Trail Rush City, MN 55069

We rent boats, boats w/motors, & pontoons. We also have overnight camping and seasonal camping. We store fish houses and have lake access for ice fishing. Full service bait shop, live bait, tackle, pizzas, sandwiches, cold beer and more.

Banks & Credit Unions Lake State Federal Credit Union 800-247-0695 6241 Main Street North Branch, MN 55056 "Experience the Credit Union Difference. Join Us: 19,000 Members Strong". We offer a wide range of financial services including: consumer, mortgage and commercial loans, internet banking, personal and business checking/savings programs to all Chisago County residents.

Banks & Credit Unions Northwoods Bank 320-358-0800

1275 W 4th St Rush City, MN 55069 Providing full-service banking, including checking and savings, loans, certificates of deposit, IRAs, loans by phone, 24-hour bank by phone and more. Hours: Lobby 9-4 M-TH, and Friday until 5:00. Drive Up 8:30-5:30 M-TH and Friday until 6:00. Saturday Drive Up 8:30-Noon.

Unity Bank 320-358-3600

1180 W 4th St Rush City, MN 55069 Full service commercial bank offering big bank products with small town customer service for over 125 years. Lobby hours: Mon. - Thurs. 8:30 - 4, Friday 8:30 - 5:30, Drive up: Mon. - Thurs. 8-5 & Fri 8 - 6 & Sat 9 - Noon

Business Services The Bolejack Group, LLC 831-277-2362 or 320-358-0905 PO Box 296 Rush City, MN 55069 Real estate investments, business development, and computer services. Real estate sales with Coldwell Banker Pro IV Real Estate.

Car Wash Rush City Car/Truck Wash 320-358-3933 125 S Field Ave Rush City, MN 55069

Serving the community since 1976. Selfserve & auto wash discounts. Featuring the Storm Touch Free Auto Wash System. Two step pre-soak, wheel wash, trifoam, Rain-X, self service bays for cars, trucks, RVs, trailer. Located east off 35, North on Fairfield Ave. Behind RC Foods. Open Everyday 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Casinos Grand Casino Hinckley 800-472-6321 777 Lady Luck Drive Hinckley, MN 55037 Casino-Entertainment-Hotels-Food! 24-hour gaming, bingo hall, big-name/ live entertainment, great restaurants, huge buffet, variety of first class lodging facilities, #1 rated RV park in MN, convention center, special events, Kid's Quest & more!

Catering/Banquet Hall Chucker's Bowl & Lounge 320-358-0879 PO Box 551, 1270 3rd Street Rush City, MN 55069 Chucker's Bowl & Lounge is a modern bowling center boasting 16 synthetic lanes, a game room and a full service bar. The spacious lounge are hosts a variety of activities and is available for private events, receptions & parties of any size.

Spectacular Catering 763-444-9840 1320 Co Rd 5 NE Isanti, MN Catering and Special Event planning.

Firefly Bistro 320-358-0882

255 W. 5th St. Rush City, MN 55069 For all your catering needs.

Grant House Hotel & Eatery 320-358-3661 80 W. 4th St. Rush City, MN 55069

Chiropractic Care Perreault Chiropractic 320-358-3441 PO Box 86 Rush City, MN 55069 Family Chiropractic service for over 29 years. Techniques include diversified, Gonstad, Activator, and soft tissue. Acupuncture and manual manipulation to accelerate healing from motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation injuries and many other injuries and illnesses. Nutritional counseling as well as extensive experience in baby care and sports injuries. Providers for most insurances and in-house plan for the un-insured.

Churches First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rush City 320-358-4076

1000 South Jay Ave., PO Box 73 Rush City, MN 55069 As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the America, the purpose is to bring the word of God to people by being faithful witnesses to the Gospel and Administering the sacraments. Founded in Rush City in 1876.

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Churches Sacred Heart Church 320-358-4370

415 W. 5th Street, PO Box 45 Rush City, MN 55069 Parish Office is open Tues., Wed., and Thurs. from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We have weekly masses on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. and morning Masses at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursdays and Saturday night Mass at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

St. John’s Lutheran Church (LCMS) 320-358-3623 980 W. 4th St., PO Box 368 Rush City, MN 55069 Our mission at St. John’s is to reach out and help people experience a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. Pastor John Beck

Community Organizations Chisago County Historical Society 651-257-5310 PO Box 146 Lindstrom, MN 55045 Source of countywide history and heritage information. Research library, local historic sites, educational programs and genealogy workshops. See website for current schedule of events. Open by appointment. “Preserving and sharing history...everyday.”

Community Partnership 651-674-4085 38460 Lincoln Trail North Branch, MN 55056 Working with agencies, organizations and communities to build a drug-free Chisago County. Our Children First Club in Rush City provides a safe, structured place after school for 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.

MN Historical Society North West Company Fur Post 320-629-6356 12551 Voyager Lane Pine City, MN 55063 Historic site. Reconstruction of fur trading post from 1804. Costumed guides give tours of the site Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; Noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Tours every half hour - last tour at 4:30 p.m.

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Community Organizations North Chisago Historical Society 320-358-4525 PO Box 556 Rush City, MN 55069 Local history society that encourages everyone to tell us your local family story, report past experiences that helped to create our community either through our newsletter or at our monthly program. Monthly programs are the first Tuesday of each month, usually at the Rusheba Town Hall. The public is always welcome. Email stories to Pat at above email, and program ideas to Irma at 651-674-4703. Stories, Photos, and memberships ($15/ single $20 family/year) may be mailed to above address.

Rush City Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts 651-674-3590/ 320-658-3936 Contact Names: Cub Scouts - Mark Murphy Boy Scouts - Keith Belau The scouting program is for boys grades 1-12. Currently there are over 60 boys registered in scouting in Rush City. The boys are active in events throughout the year including: Chisago County Fair & Parade, Music & Art Festival, Pinewood Derby, Ice Fishing, Camping Trips, etc. They meet two Tuesdays a month in the cafeteria at Jacobson Elementary.

Rush City Food Shelf 320-358-0903 720 W 14th St. Rush City MN 55069 Food assistance provided to seniors on a fixed income, households with high medical, one parent households, families that are low or no-income. No appointments necessary come to the food shelf on Tuesdays between 2-5 p.m. to apply, please bring proof of address.

Rush City High School Music Boosters 320-358-4795 Contact: Kim Halbert The Rush City Music Boosters is a parent led organization that raises money to help purchase items for the Music Department and for the Washington DC trip that is done every 4 years. The Music Boosters have also been a big help bringing back the RCHS Marching Band for the annual Chisago County Fair Parade.

Community Organizations Rush Lake Improvement Association 320-358-4660 PO Box 677 Rush City, MN 55069 • This association of members is formed w/the purpose to improve & preserve the quality of the lake. The association is supported by its members who pay annual dues and the sale of Pull tabs at several local locations. Meetings are held the 3rd Sat. of the month @ 8:30am @ the Nessel Town hall. Check our website for more information or call David Cartwright, President at above number.

Rush City Women's Club 320-358-4465 2984 485th St. Rush City MN 55069 Our club, established in 1921 was 90 years old in 2011. Our object is mutual benefit and community betterment. Our 35 members are friendly and looking for others to join in! Our yearly community calendar sale is a great way to list your family's birthdays and anniversaries, as well as see local activities time and dates. We earn money to fund two, $500 Rush City Scholarships. At Christmas we enjoy helping Santa remember the folks at our local Golden Living Health Care Center. Come join us for some informative speakers, delicious food, and a club that is determined to remain strong, enjoy each other and support our town, Rush City!

Construction/ Home Improvement Carlson Heating & Sheet Metal 320-358-4282 PO Box 132 Rush City, MN 55069

Plumbing, heating, air conditioning, radiant floor heating. New construction & remodeling, rotary drain cleaning, water softeners, drinking water systems. Water heaters sales & service. Celebrating 50 years in the Plumbing & Heating Business!

Lindstrom Painting & Window Cleaning 320-358-3419 50856 Lakeview Drive Rush City, MN 55069 We would like to share our 20+ years of quality and timely experience with you. We pride ourselves in quality work and finishing our jobs on time. Fully insured, free estimates. All your interior & exterior painting needs. Window washing & power wash available. Family owned & operated.

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Construction/ Home Improvement Prefer Paving & Ready-Mix, Inc. 320-358-3539 PO Box 709 Rush City, MN 55069 Pave/blacktop, residential and commercial projects. We also deliver ready-mix concrete, color and stains also available. Sell recycle gravel, rock & retaining blocks.

Up Top Construction, Inc. 320-358-8785 3685 Rush Lake Rd. Rush City, MN 55069 Complete remodeling contractor for roofing, siding, windows, gutters, additions and remodels.

Dental Reichert Dental Arts, Ltd. 612-481-4910 1220 W. 3rd St., PO Box 603 Rush City, MN 55069 Customized crown & bridge work for the dental industry.

Soft Dental General & Specialty Practice 320-358-4733 1220 W. 3rd St. Rush City, MN 55069 Drs. Nguyen, Saari, Vu, and Lam offering general and esthetic dental services; Dr. Hoover limited to periodontics and dental implants; Hours: Mon. 9-6, Tues.-Thurs. 8-5; Fri. 8-4.

Equestrian Janssen Performance Horses 612-760-5123 49025 Government Road Rush City, MN 55069 We offer training & lessons: cutting, reining and working cow horse.

Funeral Services Olson Funeral Chapel 320-358-4735 115 W 4th St, PO Box 441 Rush City, MN 55069 One of the oldest funeral providers in East Central MN, we treat you as family. Call on us to discuss your personal funeral wishes. We welcome your questions regarding costs, pre-arranging services, cemetery markers and monuments, funeral insurance, out of town situations, end of life needs, hospice wishes, etc.

Government/ County Offices City of Rush City 320-358-4743 325 S Eliot - PO Box 556 Rush City, MN 55069 Economic development & Housing resource assistance, airport administration & basic municipal services & utilities. Hours: 8 - 4:30 M-F

MN Correctional Facility, D.O.C. 320-358-0401 7600-525th St. Rush City, MN 55069 The level 4, close-custody facility has reached its operating capacity of 1,015 adult male offenders. The facility’s primary mission is to protect the public by incarcerating offenders & to provide industrial, academic, vocational & rehabilitative opportunities to offenders.

Chisago County HRA-EDA 651-674-5664 38871 7th Ave, PO Box 815 North Branch, MN 55056 Housing & Redevelopment AuthorityEconomic Development Authority: Provides business financing and site assistance, TIF, Tax abatement, home rehabilitation programs, senior housing. Small Business Development Center Satellite Office.

Health & Beauty Snap Fitness 320-358-0091 1170 W. 4th St. Rush City, MN 55069 Snap Fitness Rush City is a 24-hour Fitness Center designed to be fast, convenient and affordable. The center is equipped with the latest in cardio; weight training machines and free weights.

Hairdo or Dye 320-358-3157

237 W. 4th Street Rush City, MN 55069 An Eco-friendly salon. We sell sulfate free, paraben free, cruelty free and vegan friendly products. We use certified organic haircolor and do our part to help reduce waste and protect you, us and the planet. Our highly trained team customizes every service to your unique individual style. Offering a wide range of services for your whole family.

Individual Members Friday, Scott Nelson, Loring & Marlys Pierce, Gene Redfield, James Industrial Dennis Kirk, Inc. 320-358-4791 Business 800-328-9280 Toll Free 320-358-4019 Fax 955 S. Field Ave. Rush City, MN 55069 Power Sports Retailer with a store located in the Rush City Industrial Park.

Horizon Milling 320-358-4758 ext. 3 PO Box 594 Rush City, MN 55069

Maxxum, Inc. 320-358-3239

1350 South Field Ave. Rush City, MN 55069 Maxxum provides technology “End of Life” services and New/Used Commercial Office Furniture.

McDonald Distributing Co. 320-358-4734 or 320-358-4566 - fax 1255 S. Field Ave. Rush City, MN 55069 Wholesale beverage distributors.

Plastech Corporation 320-358-4771

PO Box 7, 920 S. Field Avenue Rush City, MN 55069 Plastech is a customized plastic injection molder.

Insurance Hermann Insurance Services, Inc. 320-358-3744 or 320-358-3723 Fax 310 W 4th St Rush City, MN 55069 Insurance Sales Office. We sell Auto, Home, Life, Health, and Business Insurance to Rush City and the surrounding communities. We are an independent agency and we work for you.

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Laundry Maytag Laundries 320-358-3880 PO Box 127 Rush City, MN 55069

Locally owned & operated coin laundries in the East Central Minnesota area. Locations include Pine City, North Branch, Isanti, Forest Lake, & Lexington.

Lodging AmericInn Lodge & Suites 651-674-8627 38675 14th Ave. North Branch, MN 55056 The areas finest lodging facility featuring a pool, whirlpool, steam room, enhanced continental breakfast, and high-speed Internet access. The property also offers 1,200 square feet of meeting space. Book your reservations now!

Grant House Hotel & Eatery 320-358-3661 80 W. 4th St. Rush City, MN 55069 Totally restored historic hotel and restaurant built in 1896 and listed on the national Registry of Historic Places. Our restaurant serves great home cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Five beautiful lodging rooms, space for events and catering also available. Open 7 am-8 pm Tues. - Sat., 7 am-3 pm Sun.

Lodging Rush Lake Resort & Campground 320-358-4428 51170 Rush Lake Trail Rush City, MN 55069

We rent boats, boats w/ motors, & pontoons. We also have overnight camping and seasonal camping. We store Fish Houses and have lake access for Ice Fishing. Full service bait shop, live bait, tackle, pizzas, sandwiches, cold beer and more.

Medical Fairview Lakes Rush City Clinic 320-358-4784 760 W 4th St Rush City, MN 55069 Complete family practice including obstetrics, lab, e-ray, mammography, rehabilitation, respiratory care and cardiac rehab. Appointments available M 8-7 Tues - Fri. 8:30-4:30, and Wed.-Thurs. 7:30-4:30.

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Newspapers ECM Post Review 651-674-7025

6241 Main St. Suite 103 North Branch, MN 55056 Your hometown source of news since 1875. See us online at We offer a wide range of delivery and printing services. We print business cards, single to multiple page flyers and brochures, business stationary, calendars, and much more. Call us today for a free quote.

Radio WCMP - Red Rock Radio 320-629-7575 15429 Pokegama Lake Rd. Pine City, MN 55063 Your 3 local radio stations for the Rush City area. Cool country 100.9, WCMP-FM, AM 1350 WCMP, and classic Hits 105.7 WXCX. Featuring this area’s local news, sports, and weather every day.

Real Estate Coldwell Banker Pro IV 320-358-0822 1220 W 4th Street Rush City, MN 55069 Coldwell Banker Pro IV Realty provides honesty, integrity & quality service in all real estate transactions with buyers and sellers; becoming the leader in real estate for East Central Minnesota. Complete Real Estate Service covering East Central Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. A progressive updated view at marketing Real Estate. “We Welcome the Chance to Serve You.”

Coldwell Banker Pro IV Kathy & Clare Lillis, Associate Broker, CRS, ABR, GRI 651-248-7888 Clare 651-248-7757 Kathy 320-358-0822 Office 320-358-4752 Fax 1220 W 4th Street Rush City, MN 55069 As award winning Realtors, Clare & Kathy Lillis have gained a reputation for providing exceptional real estate services in East Central MN for buyers and sellers. Their combined 50 years of experience in many aspects of real and estate and commitment to excellence will help make your real estate transaction pleasant. They look forward to serving you. SUCCESS THROUGH SERVICE - Named #1 Team in MN by Coldwell Banker '08.

Real Estate Knutson Real Estate, Inc. 320-629-6500 285 W 5th Rush City, MN 55069 We offer commercial and residential real estate sales with offices in Rush City, Pine City, and the surrounding area. Residential Appraisals.

Recreation Bulrush Golf Club & Rush Hour Bar & Grill 320-358-1050 605 Brookside Parkway Rush City, MN 55069 Bulrush Golf Club is located just 45 minutes North of the Twin Cities. The Course measures from 5,234 yards from the forward tees, to 6,929 yards from the championship tees. The course design will captivate golfers of all skill levels. It’s beautiful terrain, wooded areas and wetlands are the best kept secret in MN. Rush Hour Bar & Grill is located at Bulrush Golf Club offering a variety of delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, & pizza. We are available for tournaments, corporate events, & small parties.

Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge 320-358-0879 PO Box 551, 1270 W. 3rd St. Rush City, MN 55069 Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge is a modern bowling center boasting 16 synthetic lanes, a game room and a full service bar. The spacious lounge area hosts a variety of activities and is available for private parties and events of any size.

Grand Casino Hinckley 800-472-6321 320-384-4723 777 Lady Luck Drive Hinckley, MN 55037 Casino-Entertainment-Hotels-Food! 24 hour gaming, bingo hall, big-name/live entertainment, great restaurants, huge buffet, variety of first class lodging facilities, #1 rated RV park in MN, convention center, special events, Kid's Quest & more!

Wild Mountain - Taylors Falls Recreation 651-465-6315 PO Box 235 Taylors Falls, MN 55084 Fun For All Ages!! Wild Mountain is located just 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. A great park for the whole family! Group picnics and Birthday Parties Welcome. Wild Mountain Ski & Snowboard Area, Wild Chutes Snow Tubing, Water Park, Alpine Slides, Go-Karts. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, Canoe and Kayak Rental, and Wildwood RV Park and Campground.

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Restaurants Bulrush Golf Club & Rush Hour Bar & Grill 320-358-1050 605 Brookside Parkway, Rush City, MN 55069 Bulrush Golf Club is located just 45 min. North of the Twin Cities. The Course measures from 5,234 yds. from the forward tees, to 6,929 yds. from the championship tees. The course design will captivate golfers of all skill levels. It’s beautiful terrain, wooded areas and wetlands are the best kept secret in MN. Rush Hour Bar & Grill is located at Bulrush Golf Club offering a variety of delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, & pizza. We are available for tournaments, corporate events, & small parties.

Creekside Pizza & Café 320-358-1411 4 S. Dana Ave Rush City, MN 55069 Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We deliver up to 10 miles. Homemade soups, dinners, pasta, pizza and baked goodies.

Firefly Bistro 320-358-0882

255 W. 5th St. Rush City, MN 55069 A quaint little bistro in downtown Rush City featuring a full menu of food offerings, coffee, drinks, beer and wine.

Grant House Hotel & Eatery 320-358-3661 80 4th St., Rush City, MN 55069 Totally restored historic hotel and restaurant built in 1896 and listed on the national Registry of Historic Places. Our restaurant serves great home cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seven beautiful lodging rooms, space for events and catering also available.

Retail Fabric Fashions & More 320-358-3693 485 S Dana Ave PO Box 21 Rush City, MN 55069 We are conveniently located just 1 mile East of I-35 in downtown Rush City. There are quilts to be purchased or fabrics, threads, patterns & machines to create your own masterpiece. Stop in for all your quilting needs.

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Retail North Branch Outlets 651-674-5886 or 800-409-3631

38500 Tanger Dr. Suite 115 North Branch, MN 55056 Hwy. 95 & I 35 North Branch Outlets,(formerly Tanger outlets) welcomes you to shop from over 30 brand name manufacturers. You will find the lowest prices everyday from manufacturers like Nike Factory Outlet, GAP, Old Navy, OshKosh B’Gosh, Carter’s, Corningware, Dressbarn, Bath & Body Works Outlet, Maurices and more. MonSat 10am - 8pm, & Sun 11-6

Federated Co-ops, Inc. 763-389-2582 320-358-3292 502 South 2nd St. Princeton, MN 55371 Federated Co-ops, Inc recently completed a merger with CAP-Trico Cooperative. Federated Co-ops is a diversified supplier of energy products, agronomy and crop inputs, and various consumer lifestyle products. Federated Co-ops, Inc is a customer-owned company with ownership by over 48,000 customers and managed by a board of directors.

Schools Rush City Public Schools 320-358-4855 District 320-358-4795 High School 320-358-4724 Jacobson Ele. PO Box 566 Rush City, MN 55069

Senior Living Golden LivingCenter-Rush City 320-358-4765 650 South Bremer Ave. Rush City, MN 55069 Golden LivingCenter Rush City is a 49 bed skilled nursing facility. We specialize in short term rehab, Alzheimer’s care, and long-term care. We provide care for complex medical conditions and provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy.

Transportation Mid Minnesota Trucking 320-358-1105 PO Box 5 Rush City, MN 55069 Providing local cartage from 1 skid to a full truckload. Serving East Central Minnesota and the Twin Cities metro area. Liftgate service, Dock Truck and Tractor Trailers. Competitive pricing and exceptional service.

Utilities Culligan Water 320-629-3130 1230 Main St. S Pine City, MN 55063 Culligan has served the area since 1947, with water conditioning, purification, salt and bottle water delivery and commercial equipment. Culligan offers 24/7 service and free water tests are available anytime of day or weekends.

East Central Energy 800-254-7944 412 N Main St Braham, MN 55006 East Central Energy is a member-owned electric cooperative that serves nearly 57,000 homes, farms and businesses in east central Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin. ECE provides electricity, Internet and long distance services, as well as community and business development and environmental services.

East Central Sanitation 320-358-4078 PO Box 27 Rush City, MN 55069 East Central Sanitation is owned by Brad Cook, Loren Jennings, & Jerry Moses. Est. 1969. In business for over 30 years, providing residential & commercial refuse & recycling collection.

Minnesota Energy Resources 651-322-8907 2665 145th St. W Rosemount, MN 55068 Minnesota energy Resources is a natural gas utility serving customers in 51 counties and 165 cities. Our distribution method is one of the most contemporary by industry standards . MN Energy offers rebates for installing high-efficiency natural gas equipment. Clean, reliable energy. 888-889-9508.

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Rush City Schools

Rush City Independent School District #139 is a progressive education system that has produced model programs that are being used or studied across the nation. The surrounding community has always given strong support to its school system and the district provides educational opportunities for children from birth to grade 12. Rush City Schools is fully staffed with approximately 887 students, 57 teaching staff, and 28 classroom assistants. The surrounding school grounds contain excellent recreational opportunities: Andy Saloka Football Field, Bill West Track, playgrounds, tennis courts, and numerous softball and baseball fields. The district is proud of its tradition of excellence in academics, fine arts, community education, and extracurricular activities. Rush City Early Childhood Rush City Schools has had a long tradition of offering high quality early childhood programming. Our community has taken great pride in getting our youngest learners off to the best possible start. All early childhood classes are offered at C.E. Jacobson Elementary. Preschool registrations for the 2012-13 school year will begin in April 2012. Preschool classes meet either 2 or 3 days per week, mornings from 8:15-10:45 a.m. or afternoons, from 12:15-2:45 p.m. School district transportation is available to 4 & 5 year old students. Register your child today by calling 320-3583635. In addition to preschool classes, Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are available for children ages birth through kindergarten entrance. ECFE class schedules for the 2012/13 school year will be available in August 2012. ECFE also offers drop in play times, reading programs, field trips and special events to the community. Free Early Childhood Screenings (ECS) are provided during the school year for all children prior to kindergarten enttrance. For more information, please visit, or call 320-358-3635. C.E. Jacobson Elementary What does it take to educate students in the 21st century? It takes a facility designed for change, it takes community support, it takes groups of people working together, and it takes excep-

tional teachers. C.E. Jacobson is fortunate to offer all of these components to the children of Rush City. At C.E. Jacobson Elementary, we provide an environment that promotes academic excellence and encourages personal growth and development. Math and reading programs place students in groups that match each child’s current institutional level. This placement program encourages advancement and allows students to achieve success at their own level. Specialized staff includes Special Education, Title I, Physical Education, Music and Media teachers. Programs for Gifted/Talented students such as Knowledge Bowl, Academic Triathlon, and Project Seek give students the opportunity to compete academically with other students or to expand their knowledge in a wide variety of unique experiences. One area we are proud to highlight is our venture with technology supports in the classroom. Over the past several years, we have installed nine interactive SmartBoards and accompanying devices so that teachers can bring the outside world of education easily to their students. We have been helped along the way with our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and thank them for their generous support! This technology creates a learning environment that is not like any you have seen before. With endless resources for teachers through networking and the internet, all grade levels truly have the world at their fingertips. A variety of sports related activities are also offered for elementary students. These are available through the school district and the community education program. Sports for boys and girls include hockey, softball, baseball, basketball, wrestling, golf, track, and gymnastics. C.E. Jacobson Elementary currently instructs approximately 470 students. A caring staff encourages students to respect people and their property, to develop and demonstrate a healthy sense of pride, and to take responsibility for their actions. Rush City High School Rush City High School has modern facilities with approximately 417 students. RCHS has a graduation rate of nearly 100 per-

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cent, with more than three-fourths of graduating seniors going on to further education and training through colleges, universities, technical schools and the military. Approximately 15 percent of Rush City’s students achieve “A” Honor Roll status for four consecutive quarters yearly. 20-25 percent of all students regularly make the “A” Honor Roll. RCHS offers many courses and electives to its students. Students will again have a variety of elective course offerings, including German I & II, AP Psychology, American Sign Language I and II, and Medical Terminology on Interactive TV. Students may participate in a wealth of curricular and cocurricular activities including: athletics, fine arts, band, chorus, theater, speech, yearbook and Future Farmers of America. Over 75 percent of RCHS students participate in at least one extracurricular activity. Students have the opportunity to take college-level classes for up to 33 college credits, as well as take classes at area colleges during the school day. Stuart Fuhs is the principal of RCHS ( Community Education Rush City has course offerings for young and old through its Community Education program for lifelong learning. Classes range from academics and athletics to health, safety, and personal enrichment. They are offered at normal fees throughout the year. Community Education also sponsors several outings to events such as plays, performances, offerings and other events and activities are available on our website www.rushcity.k12. and through the District newsletter, published five times a year and mailed to Rush City area residents. Bob Schlagel is the Community Education director and can be reached at (320) 3584795 or School District Contacts Superintendent Vern Koepp (

(320) 358-4855 ext. 391 51001 Fairfield Ave. P.O. Box 566, Rush City, MN 55069 Rush City High School Principal- Stuard Fuhs ( (320) 358-4795 C.E. Jacobson Elementary School Principal- Melody Tenhoff ( (320) 358-4724 Community Education   Director- Bob Schlagel ( (320) 358-4855 ext. 265 Counselor Heidi Larson ( (320) 358-4855 ext. 267 Early Childhood Family Education P.O. Box 566, Rush City, MN 55069 Coordinator- Julie Thom ( (320) 358-3635 St. Croix River Education District Director- Kim Gibbons (320) 358-3616 School Board Scott Tryon; Carol Cook; Brenda Nessel; Channa Tastsides, Brian Anderson; Stefanie Folkema. Monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Room 201 at the Rush City High School. School Board meetings are open to the public and you are encouraged to attend. Rush City School Web site At this site you can read updates from the superintendent, school principals and school counselor. You can also find out information about lunch programs, school events, athletics and school sports calendars.

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Rush City Area Service Clubs

Rush City American Legion & Auxiliary The Rush City American Legion began in 1919 with 48 Charter members. and today there are 55 members. Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Rush City Community Center. Call Angie Booth for Auxiliary information at (320) 358-4152. Rush City VFW Grothe Jacobson VFW Post #6692 was established in Rush City in 1946, with the Auxiliary being established later that same year. There are approximately 111 current members. Meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the VFW, 45 S. Alger Ave., Rush City. Call manager Julie Perreault at (320) 358-3114 for more information. Rush City Lions The Rush City Lions service organization was established in Rush City in 1971 and today has over 50 members. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Rush City Community Center in winter and at the Lions’ building at the fairgrounds from May to the first meeting in October. For more information, please contact president Asu Hoffman (612) 358-3189 or Lion Dave Schroeder (320) 358-4030. Rush City Women’s Club The Rush City Women’s Club is a civic organization that began in 1921 and will celebrate their 90th year this year. It was basically a gathering of the businessmen’s wives who dressed up, wore fancy hats and gloves and met on a regular basis for a light lunch and social activities. Today, the group gathers for events for the community and surrounding areas, fund-raisers and with a more relaxed casual dress. Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 6 p.m., August through May at the Senior Center. Call Bernice Carlson at (320) 358-4188 for more information. Jasper Masonic Lodge #164 The Jasper Masonic Lodge began in 1886, providing financial support to: Shriner’s hospital, MN Masonic Cancer, Heart Hospitals, and educational scholarships. Today meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of the months September to May at Lodge Hall on West 4th St., Rush City. For more information, please call Mike Carroll at (320) 358-4354. Order of Eastern Star The Jasper Chapter #28 of the Order of Eastern Star was established in 1890 with 22 members. Today it is the largest fraternal organization in the world to which both men and women may belong, with 40 members in the Rush City area. Meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month except July & August at the masonic hall on fourth Street in Rush City. For more information, call (320) 3584152. Double R.C. Riding Club The Double R.C. Riding Club participates in local shows in June at the riding arena located north of Rush City. There are organized trail rides for club members and rides in the Chisago County Fair parade each year. For those of you who love horses and riding, call Rich or Deb Thompson at (689) 250-0960 or e-mail: doubler/cakarushcityridingclub for more information. “Red Hots” Red Hat Club For information on becoming a member and for club information, call Gerry Roll at (320) 358-4100. There are about

18 in this group. They go out once a month and have fun. It is open to new members. If 50 and older wear red and purple, if under 55 wear lavendar and pink. Rush City Garden Club Started in 1990, the Rush City Garden Club meets the third Thursday of the month at Rushseba Town Hall at 9 a.m. New members are always welcome. The club helps promote and encourage a clean, beautiful town with garden growing contests yearlong. For more information, contact Virgil or Jean Magnuson at (320) 358-3322. Chisago County Agricultural Society The Chisago County Agricultural Society board meets throughout the year to plan the Chisago County Fair held at the fairgrounds each year in Rush City. They are responsible for organizing and operating the fair. The Chisago County fair will be held Thursday, July 12 to Sunday, July 15, 2012. Contact Mike Hochstatter for more information at (320) 3580296. Rush City Sno-Bugs The Rush City Sno-Bugs is a non-profit, locally established snowmobile club in existence since 1975. The Sno-Bugs currently have a strong, active membership of nearly 100 volunteers who donate many hours building and maintaining snowmobile trails and encouraging snowmobile safety and awareness. They are proud of the snowmobile trail system and the more than 50 miles of groomed trails. For information contact Frank Mitchell, 320-358-3603. Rock Creek Lions The Rock Creek Lions meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at the Rock Creek Community Center. The group donates scholarships to both Pine City and Rush City High Schools graduating seniors as well as scholarships to Pine Technical College and hosts an annual Halloween party for the area children, delivers fruit baskets to seniors in December, pays for tickets to the Shrine Circus for the children in the Pine City and Rush City schools, holds a senior appreciation dinner in April and operates bingo in the fall and winter at Pine City’s two nursing homes. Contact Jeff Haugrud for more information at (320) 358-3651. Rum River Bandits Men’s Amateur Baseball Men’s amateur baseball for young adults in Wyoming, Braham, North Branch, Rush City, Cambridge and Isanti. For more informaiton, check our website: rumriver or call Tom (763) 742-3972.

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Chisago County would like to remind citizens and others that our telephone numbers have changed and request that you start using the new numbers. Many of the old numbers have expired or will expire in the near future. Chisago County Government Center telephone number listing 313 North Main Street, Center City.............................................................651-257-1300 Toll Free Dial “1” & then.......................................................................888-234-1246 Administration.............................................................................................651-213-8830 HR/Personnel........................................................................................651-213-8866 Job Line.................................................................................................651-213-8860 Assessor.......................................................................................................651-213-8550 Attorney......................................................................................................651-213-8400 Auditor........................................................................................................651-213-8500 Board of Commissioners..............................................................................651-213-8830 Court Administration...................................................................................651-213-8650 Emergency Management.............................................................................651-257-4100 Extension Office...........................................................................................651-213-5430 Toll Free Dial “1” & Then......................................................................888-234-1229 Heartland Express........................................................................................763-689-8131 Toll Free Dial “1” & Then......................................................................888-234-7840 Highway/Public Works Center City...........................................................................................651-213-8700 Almelund..............................................................................................651-583-3253 Harris....................................................................................................651-674-4411 Household Hazardous Waste........................................................................651-237-0912 Human Services General Info..........................................................................................651-213-5600 Child Support.......................................................................................651-213-5647 Financial Services..................................................................................651-213-5640 North Branch Line.......................................................................................651-674-4433 Parks Department........................................................................................651-674-2345 Probation.....................................................................................................651-213-8350 Public Health...............................................................................................651-213-5200 Recorder......................................................................................................651-213-8580 Sheriff Emergency Dial..................................................................................................... 911 Jail.........................................................................................................651-257-2931 Non-Emergency....................................................................................651-257-4100 Toll Free Dial “1” & Then......................................................................888-234-1256 Treasurer......................................................................................................651-213-8540 Veteran Services...........................................................................................651-213-5600 Zoning/Environmental Services....................................................................651-213-8370

Chisago County Website: The Chisago County website has made it easy to locate and find information. If you look under “Quick Links”, which is located on the left side on the home page you will find an item titled: “TOPICS A-Z.” Provided are phone numbers & links to a department or entity to receive additional information on the topic. Questions or comments should be directed to County Administration at 651-213-8830.


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Rush City Aquatic Center

The Rush City Aquatic/Recreation center is located at 305 South Eliot Avenue in downtown Rush City. This year it opens June 4. It has a full size gym with locker space and an outdoor aquatic facility with a 165 ft. slide, diving pool, lap pool, zero entry play area, and a 26 ft. drop slide. Activities include swimming lessons for ages 6 months up to advanced skill levels, open swimming every day and water aerobics. Also included is a fully stocked concession area for ice cream treats, snacks, pop, water, candy, nachos and much more. Private rentals available for birthday parties, etc. Call the pool after June 4 at (320) 358-3074. For questions before June 4, call the high school at (320) 358-4795. Please see the www.rushcity. web site for complete rules and regulations for the Aquatic Center. Admission Prices If you come to the pool between 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., this will allow you to swim the entire day until 6:30 p.m. Ages 8 and under is $5, 9 - 61 is $8, 62 and up is $5 and a Family Pass is $25 (family pass includes dad, mom and immediate family). If you come to the pool between 3 and 5 p.m., this will allow you to swim until 6:30 p.m. Ages 8 and under is $4, 9 - 61 is $6, 62 and up is $4 and a Family Pass is $18 (family pass includes dad, mom and immediate family). **$1.00 admission charge for anyone who enters the pool and does not swim. Pool patrons who choose to leave and return during the open swimming session must get their hand stamped before leaving. You will then be allowed to re-enter on the same day at no charge. If you do not get your hand stamped, you will have to pay to re-enter. Sunday special: one free admission with every paid admission of equal or greater value. Nightly Special (5:00-6:30 p.m.): $1.25 per person Sunday-Saturday. Passes Season Passes for ages 8 and under is $85, 9 - 61 is $150, 62 & up is $85 and a Family Season Pass is $250 (Dad, Mom and Children). **Individual season passes and family season passes will be available beginning May 1st at the High School. Beginning June 4th, all passes will be available at the Rush City Aquatic Center (358-3074). All Passes are Non Refundable and Non Transferable

Pool Hours Sunday through Saturday: Open Swimming: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., (no 1/2 hour break). Fair dates: July 12-15, normal pool hours. Private Rentals Restricted to following times: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturdays Only. $85 per hour/rate could increase if large party uses pool. For more information, call the pool after June 4 at 358-3074. If you have questions before June 4, call Rush City Schools at 358-4795. Appropriate forms must be filled out for private rental usage. Available upon request. Punch Cards Concessions Punch Card: Price: $10 (25 cent increments) Concessions Punch Cards will remain in the concessions area and may be used for purchases of concessions only and only by the person whose name appears on the card. Non-refundable. Admission Punch Card: Price: Ages 9 - 61 $80, Ages 8 & under/62+ $50. 2 sessions FREE! May be used by family members only (unless parent/ guardian present). Punch cards will remain in the concession area at all times. Non-refundable.

2012 Swimming Lesson Information Lesson Prices: $40 Rush City Residents, $45 Non-Residents

Levels Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills (must be 5 yrs of age) Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills Level 3: Stroke Development Level 4/Part 1: Stroke Improvement Level 4/Part 2: Stroke Improvement Level 5: Stroke Refinement Level 6: Personal Water Safety/Fitness Swimmer Sessions & Sign up Dates (10 a.m.-Noon @ the Aquatic Center on the dates listed) Session 1: June 18-22; June 25-29 - Sign up June 2 Session 2: July 9-13; July 16-20 - Sign up June 23 Session 3: July 23-27; July 30-August 3 - Sign up July 14 Session 4: August 6-10; August 13-17 - Sign up July 28 Swimming lesson registration for residents and non-residents will be on the same day. You MUST sign up in person. No mail registrations accepted. Sessions/Classes will be on a first come basis. Maximum of 150 kids per session. Swimming lesson fees are non-refundable. Transfers will be made up to four (4) working days before the session/class is scheduled to begin. Payment is due at sign up. Notification of lesson times will be senty by mail.

Lil’ Tots Swimming Lessons Lil’ Tots I: Enjoy swimming with your child! This class builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Ages 6-24 Months • Cost $30 Time: 6:35-7:05 p.m. (30 minutes) Days: Tuesdays (8 Sessions) June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 Sign up Tuesday, June 12 @ Center from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Maximum number of students is 30, with 2 instructors; 1 per 15 students. PARENTS MUST ACCOMPANY CHILDREN IN WATER! Lil’ Tots II: Will increase water familiarity and confidence for children 24-48 months. Cost: $35 • Time: 6:35-7:15 p.m. (40 minutes) Wednesdays: June 27, July 5, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 Sign up Tuesday, June 12 @ Center from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Maximum number of students is 30, with 2 instructors; 1 per 15 students. PARENTS MUST ACCOMPANY CHILDREN IN WATER!

Prices, Dates & Times Subject to Change!!!

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Rush City Music & Art Festival in its 10th year The excitement of two days of music, art, food, and fun comes back to Rush City with the 2012 Music and Arts Festival, Aug. 17 and 18. The summer celebration begins with a spaghetti dinner Friday evening followed by a street dance. And then on Saturday, there’s a full day of events with something for everyone. This includes lots of music, of course, an Art Show and art demonstrations, along with a craft sale. The humble blueberry is again the focus for this summer and there will be a blueberry pancake breakfast Saturday and an exciting Blueberry Recipe Contest. Bring the kids because there are special activities for them and they will have a great time. They can dance to the music, enjoy the face painting, clowns, participate in the children’s talent show or just have fun on the playground equipment. A new, unique activity will be a demonstration from the NorthWest Company Fur Post including a display of photographs from local youth residents entitled “Snapshots in Time: Rush City”. Come and see what it’s all about. Car buffs, you can enjoy the classic vehicle show on Main Street, always a terrific event. You’ll maybe drool a bit as you walk up and down the rows of shiny classics that always bring back pleasant memories. If you’re hungry, there will be food vendors. Thirsty? There’s a beer garden. And for the more athletic attendees, there’s the fourth annual 5K run/walk. Remember your neighbors, too, and bring a food shelf donation and place it at the drop-off site. If you do nothing but sit and enjoy some wonderful music, you’ll have had a fantastic time during this community celebration which wrap-ups with a lively fireworks display. You can’t ask for more fun and excitement in August and Rush City’s Music and Arts Festival is the place to be.

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Youth Organizations

AWANA AWANA club is open to students in preschool to grade six. Meetings are held Wednesdays, September through May at 6:30 p.m. at the Rush City Baptist Church. There is a Youth Group led by Jason Karlsson: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday for Grades 7-12 and Sunday’s Bible Study. Look for a schedule change in the fall for meeting times. Call the church for more information at (320) 358-4014. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts The scouting program is for boys in grades K-12. There is also a Coed Venturing Program. This is a Youth led organization where the youth decide what to do and when to schedule events. Some examples are: rock climbing, boating, and basketball games. For Scout information, please call Tim Anders (651) 254-9128, or visit the web site at Girl Scouts Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys serves all girls in K-12 and offers leadership development programs that build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Troops form all year long. Join Girl Scouts today and discover your skills, connect with your community, and take action to change the world. For information, call 1-800-845-0787 or go online to

4-H Clubs Janet Schweigert, (320) 358-3911, leads the North Star 4-H Club. Active clubs in the Harris area are Golden Gophers (in town) and Fish Lake Flying Eagles, a club that meets at Fish Lake Town Hall. There are about 400 young people in the 4-H program in Chisago County clubs. For more information on 4-H call (651) 277-0150.

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East Central Minnesota Chorale The East Central Minnesota Chorale is a civic choir representing more than 10 East Central Minnesota communities. • Their mission: To bring fine choral music, performed at a high artistic level, to East Central Minnesota. • Join the Chorale The Chorale welcomes all capable singers who love the challenge of fine quality choral music. Adults of all ages, young and older, sing in the chorale. If you are interested in becoming a chorale member please contact: Chorale director, Mark Potvin at Rehearsals are held September through early May on Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Cambridge Lutheran Church, 621 Old North Main Street in Cambridge. • History David Clarke founded the East Central Minnesota Chorale in 1980. Clarke was choral director at Cambridge High School, and after leaving Cambridge, became director of music at Normandale Lutheran Church in Edina. Dr. Dennis Port, now the conductor of the Bethel University Choir, also served as director for a few years. In the spring of 2007, David Clarke retired as director of the chorale. Mark Potvin, Choral Director at Princeton High School, accepted the position of music director of the Chorale in September 2007. Throughout the years the Chorale performed in several cities in East Central Minnesota, and the Twin Cities. They also took regional tours, performing in Duluth, Grand Forks, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Rochester, Marshall, and other Minnesota towns. The Chorale performed at the state convention of the American Choral Directors Association, as well as the ACDA regional

convention in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over 150 East Central Minnesota residents have been members of the Chorale. • Performances The chorale repertoire includes everything from classical Renaissance to Contemporary styles, including classic choral selections, oratorios, folk songs and spirituals, as well as Broadway and pops arrangements. In recent years, the Chorale has invited local high school choirs to join them in a Major Works/Scholarship concert, performed with orchestra and professional soloists. The concerts provide a unique experience for area high school singers. The Chorale annually awards two vocal music scholarships at this concert. The concert season typically includes 3-4 Christmas Concerts, the February Scholarship Concert, and 2 Spring Concerts. Occasionally there are additional special event concerts scheduled as well. • Unum Vox, high school honor choir In 2009 the East Central MN Chorale launched a project for regional high school students. “Unum Vox” (one voice) is an elite honor choir designed to enrich the typical high school choir experience by allowing students from various schools to excel in a common pursuit of quality singing at the highest possible level. Open to 10-12 grade choral students, auditions for Unum Vox are held in May and June. Unum Vox rehearses from 6-8 pm on Sunday evenings at the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge. They usually perform in concert with the East Central MN Chorale. Mark Potvin also is the director of this choir.

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Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City Located just north of Rush City is Minnesota’s stateof-the-art correctional facility which incorporates the latest technology and design elements. It is one of three Level 4 (close custody) facilities in the state. The others are located in Stillwater and St. Cloud. The Minnesota Correctional Facility – Rush City is a 415,953 square foot complex of buildings situated on 385 acres on the north end of Rush City off of Co. Rd. 361. There are 82 acres of land inside the facility’s perimeter fence. Using touch screen computer technology and an electronically controlled perimeter, the facility’s security systems are among the most advanced systems available. The facility’s main support building is in the center of the complex and houses inmate programs and other support services. The support building includes a central corridor for all offender movement to food, medical, visitation, and faith/religious services and industry, education and other program areas.

An administrative building is connected to the main support building by an internal, secure hallway. There are four living units; two are located on the east and two on the west side of the main support building. The four living units are each divided into eight separate areas for control purposes. The correctional facility opened its first phase in December 1999. The facility operates at capacity of approximately 1,000 offenders a day. Offenders at the Rush City facility are involved in educational, industry, and facility support services work assignments. The correctional facility employs approximately 351 staff members. For more information on future job opportunities at the Minnesota Correctional Facility – Rush City, call the Minnesota Management and Budget dapartment at (651) 2593637, or the facility’s Human Resource office at (320) 358-0421. Please visit our website for more information:

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Chisago County Parks

Chisago County Commissioners strive to improve the quality of life through county parks, trails and open space. County parks near your home provide access to unique natural resources and outdoor recreation opportunities, lakeshore and riverbanks. County parks and trails offer benefits custom tailored to your interests. For fitness or pleasure enjoy hiking, biking or skating on the 16 mile hard surfaced Sunrise Prairie Trail. For your enjoyment, the parks and trails are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Park Board members are interested in your ideas. E-mail them to Beaches are available at Fish Lake Park and Checkerboard Park and are open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Staff are on duty at Fish Lake Park throughout the season, weather permitting. No lifeguards are post-

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ed at the park, swim at your own risk. Boat launching hours at Fish Lake Park are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The parks office is located at 38871 7th Avenue, North Branch and is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vehicle permits are required for all vehicles entering Fish Lake Park on Fridays and Weekends Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend. Daily permits cost $3 per day and $20 per season. A bus permit is $15. Enjoy Checkerboard, Kost Dam, Dennis Frandsen Park and Ki-Chi-Saga Park, no permits required. A disc golf course is open in Dennis Frandsen Park! Make your shelter reservations early by calling 651-6742345. For more information and photos see the Chisago County website at under “departments” see Parks and Trails home page.

Public Transportation Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express 245 2nd Ave. SE, Cambridge, MN 55008


toll-free 1-888-234-7840 • Fax: 763-689-8134


Chisago-Isanti County Heartland Express is a rural public transit program which is funded by the State of Minnesota and supported jointly by Chisago and Isanti Counties. Our mission as a leader in rural transportation is to provide prompt, friendly, cost-effective transportation to the residents of the county. Whether you ride once a month, or every day, this service is for you. Current passengers include people going to work, school or college, medical appointments, shopping, day care outings, volunteer work, Senior Dining Sites, beauty or barber shops or just out to eat. All buses are handicapped accessible and there are no restrictions, everyone can ride! We invite you to try our service just once and find out how easy it is to catch a ride on a warm bus, with friendly well-trained drivers and a staff committed to providing the very best service possible. We operate Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For best service call by 3:00 p.m. the working day before. If you get the answering machine just leave your name, best telephone number to reach you and your ride information and we will get back to you. Do you have any questions? Just give us a call at 763689-8131 or toll-free 1-888-234-7840. Office hours are M-F, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We offer city bus service in Cambridge & North Branch. Those buses run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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East Central Regional Library

240 W. Fourth St. PO Box 556 Rush City, MN 55069 (320) 358-3948 E-mail: Hours: Closed Sunday & Monday Tuesday 10:00-6:00 Wednesday 12:00-8:00 Thursday 12:00-6:00 Friday 12:00-6:00 Saturday 9:00-1:00 East Central Regional Library is a consolidated library system with 14 libraries that serve residents in Aitkin, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine counties. The East Central Library System has 80,000 library cardholders. The online catalog for the 14 branch libraries has 409,000 items. Cardholders can request items through the online catalog from other branches. ECRL is also part of the statewide MnLINK catalog, which provides access and request capabilities for almost all other Minnesota libraries of all types. ECRL provides delivery service to bring requested items to a cardholder’s local library. Located right on the main street of Rush City, a branch

of East Central Regional Library is ready to serve the residents of the community and the surrounding area. Remodeled in the summer of 2007, the Rush City library is warm and welcoming and can provide all the services East Central Regional Library has to offer. That includes over 21,300 of books, publications, video and audio materials. In addition, the Rush City library has six computer stations for public use, wireless communications, a quiet study room and a bright corner where children can enjoy reading and special programs, especially in the summer. Donna Larson is the Rush City Branch Librarian.

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2011 Community Service Award

By MaryHelen Swanson In January of this year, the Rush City Chamber of Commerce honored Mike Carroll, co-owner of the Funeral and Cremation Service ~ Olson (Rush City) and Swanson (Pine City) Chapels since 1981, as the 2011 Community Service Award recipient. Carroll and co-owner Dan Rinden purchased the funeral home in Rush City from Orin Olson in 1981. Carroll took a chance in leaving North Minneapolis, where he grew up, and came to Rush City which he found to be a very positive place and a good place to raise children. That criteria to be nominated for this award includes volunteerism, community service through clubs and organizations, longevity, positive impact on the community, dedication to a cause, persistence and sacrificial (mostly time) giving. Carroll has chaired the Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center Board in Wyoming, Minn., and he was a member of the Fairview Health Systems Board in Minneapolis. He has been a member of the Chisago County Hospice Board, and a board member of the Green Acres Country Care Center in North Branch. His is a current board member of Ecumen North Branch (formerly The Villages, formerly Green Acres), serving this facility altogether over 20 years. In addition, Carroll is also a member of the Lakes Region Emergency Medical Services Board, serving as treasurer. Carroll was a past president of the Deacon Board at Rush City Baptist Church, and a past chairman of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church Council, serving as a council member at the church and on numerous committees for 6 years. Currently, he is serving as treasurer of the Jasper

Masonic Lodge #164 in Rush City and is also current president of the East Central Minnesota Shrine Club. For 29 years he has been an Outside Director on the Unity Bank Board. He has served as the president of the Rush City Commercial Club, president of the Rush City Chamber of Commerce, of which he is a current member, and through the Chamber, worked on the Rush City Music Festival Committee. Carroll served as a board member of the Rush City Area Foundation for over 20 years, and is currently a member of the Rush City Economic Development Committee. Death is one of life’s most traumatic experiences, Carroll said. It’s an emotional and difficult time for people, as it is for a funeral home director who has become attached to the people of the community. Carroll said the families they serve form a bond with him and become almost like part of his family. The families are very appreciative when you treat them like family, he said. In a small town like Rush City, the funeral business is fast-paced, “you have to do everything.” The Community Service Award has been presented to a person or persons each year since 1972. The first recipient was James McGuire. Ken Opatz was the recipient for 2010.

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Rush City Launches 2nd Annual Community Read

Mayor Nancy Schroeder kicked off the 2012 Rush City Community Read by reading her mayoral proclamation on February 1st at the Rush City Public Library. Joining her at the brief ceremony were members of the Rush City Friends of the Library, which was instrumental in planning the program. “Rush City community reads have united and uplifted hundreds of citizens in the town of Rush City,” proclaimed Mayor Schroeder in promotion of the event. In this second annual community read, people are encouraged to turn the pages of Stanley Gordon West’s “Blind Your Ponies,” along with the youth companion novel, “Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery,” authored by John Feinstein. Both titles are available at the library in print, eBook and book on CD formats. In addition to reading, students can talk all about “Last Shot” during a youth book discussion at C.E. Jacobson Elementary School. All area youth basketball enthusiasts can join the Rush City High School basketball team in watching an NCAA playoff game on the big screen at Chucker’s Bowl and Lounge in Rush City. And everyone

who read the adult selection are invited to an adult book discussion on March 25 at the Rush City Library. The event ends with a big, week-long book sale from March 27-31 during regular open hours at the library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, the sale will offer great prices, and all proceeds will go directly into Rush City library program and materials.

Historical Societies

Cheewin Lodge continues to be a gathering place for people. This group is working together on their fiber arts projects.

The Chisago County Historical Society has been collecting and sharing stories and artifacts about the county since the early 1900’s. Today, it has museums and historical displays throughout the county so that all the communities have access to its rich educational resources. At the Fairgrounds in Rush City, the county society has several reconstructed buildings that are open free of charge during the County Fair and by appointment. Two of the most significant are the 1869 log home of Michael and Mary Delmore (early Rush City pioneers) and the 1907 log lodge from the first YMCA camp in Minnesota (near Green Lake by Chisago City). It should be noted that the Rush City Food Shelf is maintaining the garden area adjacent to the log lodge and sharing its produce with local participants. Other displays are located in the old

town hall at Sunrise, in the Clover Blossom school at the Almelund Threshing Grounds near Palmdale, in the Government Center at Center City, and in the Gustaf Anderson House at Lindstrom. The County Society maintains a history research library which is open limited hours daily and by appointment. The library is filled with pioneer family genealogy information, microfilms of local newspapers, and lots of local community books and historical data. Educational programs and workshops are held on a regular basis – watch for announcements in the local newspapers. Three major ongoing projects that the county society has been working on are videotaping former service members for the National Veterans History Project with the Library of Congress, photographing and posting all the local cemetery markers in the internet at for genealogists to use, and promoting the continuance of heritage fiber and textile handiwork through groups that meet monthly. The Rush City area Heritage Fiber and Textile group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday evenings at the Community Center on Fourth Street. Membership is open to anyone interested in Chisago County history and does not require volunteering your time or services except as you are willing and able. Members receive a quarterly newsletter and advance information about local workshops. For more information, please call 651-257-5310, or email chisagohistory@frontiernet. net, or visit the website The County Society is an IRS 501(c)3 educational nonprofit and is registered with the MN Attorney General office as a charitable organization. The society is supported by donations, membership dues, and grants. Financial contributions can be done online by visiting

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2012 Area Events & Activities

Jan. 27-29 Jan. 28 Feb. 4-12 Feb. 11 March 3-4 March 10 March 14 March 31 May 5 May 11-13 May 12 May 12 May 19 May 26-9/3 May 28 June 9 June 10 June 13-17 June & July June–Aug. June–Aug. June–Oct. June–Oct. July 5-8 July 12-15

Celebration of the Lakes Rush City Community Service Award Dinner Winter Fest, North Branch, (651) 674-4077 Snowmobile Radar Run, Rush Lake, (320) 358-0901 Chisago Lakes Home, Garden & Business Show, Lindstrom, (651) 257-1177 Master Gardener’s Bonanza, North Branch (651) 213-8905 Business Day at the Capitol Community Connections Expo, North Branch, (651) 674-4077 City Wide Garage Sale, North Branch, (651) 674-7025 MN Potters Tour of the Upper St. Croix River Valley, (651) 674-4555 Citywide Garage Sale - Stacy, (651) 674-7025 Citywide Garage Sale - Rush City, (651) 674-7025 Rush City Clean-Up Day “I Can Fish” Fridays, MN Interstate State Park Memorial Day Services at local cemeteries Seegwan at Wild River State Park Rush City Fly-In Midsummer Days, North Branch, (651) 674-4077 Pioneer School, Taylors Falls Townhouse School (715) 483-3012 Harmony in the Park, Wednesdays, Lindstrom, (651) 257-0620 Concerts in the Park, Thursdays, North Branch, (651) 674-1025 Farmers Market, Wed. Eve. & Sat. A.M., North Branch, (651) 674-1025 Farmers Market, Wed. Eve. & Sat. A.M., Lindstrom, 651-257-0620 Karl Oskar Days, Lindstrom, (651) 257-1177 Chisago County Fair, Rush City (651) 237-3059

July 19-22 July 20-21 July 21-22 July 27-29 Aug. 4 Aug. 7 Aug. 7 Aug. 10-12 Aug. 12 Aug. 17-18 Aug. 17-19 August 30 Sept. 7-8 Sept. 16 Sept. 15 Sept. 26-30 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Sept. 29 Oct. 6-7 Oct. 20-21 Oct. 21 Oct. 27-28 Nov. 3-4 Nov. 19 Nov. 22 Nov. 23-25 Nov. 23 Dec. 1-2

Wannigan Days, Taylors Falls, (651) 465-5133 Relay for Life, Almelund, (651) 255-8113 Chisago Lakes Half Iron Man Triathlon, Chisago Lakes Area (651) 257-1177 Center City Days, Center City, (651) 257-5284 Stacy Daze, Stacy (651) 462-4486 Night 2 Unite, North Branch Night 2 Unite, Chisago Lakes Area, (651) 257-5464 Almelund Threshing Days, (651) 257-1264 Chisago Sportsmans Club Picnic Music & Art Festival, Rush City (320) 358-3554 Ki-Chi-Saga Days Celebration, Chisago City (651) 257-1264 Community Golf Tournament, Lindstrom 651-257-1177, Hay Days, Sno-Baron’s Snowmobile Club Almelund Apple Festival, Almelund (651) 583-2883 Stagecoach Days, Wyoming Fall Harvest Festival, North Branch, (651) 674-4077 Classic Car Show, North Branch, (651) 674-4077 Fall Harvest Festival Art Craft Fair, North Branch, (651) 674-4077 Scarecrow Stampede 5K and Fun Run/Walk, North Branch, (651) 674Shafer Days, Shafer, (651) 257-4726 Ojiketa Haunt, Chisago City, (651) 257-5464 “Falloween” Festival, Chisago City, (651) 257-5464 Ojiketa Haunt, Chisago City, (651) 257-5464 Area Artisans’ Show at Taylors Falls Depot, (715) 294-2868 Arts Fest, North Branch, (651) 674-1025 “Dine and Dash” 5K/10K, Chisago City Christmas at the Folsom House Museum, Taylors Falls (651) 465-3125 Taylors Falls Lighting Festival Small Town Christmas Chisago City

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Rush City Many Faces 2012  

Community magazine for Rush City area

Rush City Many Faces 2012  

Community magazine for Rush City area