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Featured City:

Rush City

Rush City is nestled between Rush Lake and the St. Croix River. Within the city is the Rush City Regional Airport, which has a 4,400-foot-long runway with a parallel taxiway, flight school and 24-hour self service fuel. The St. Croix Valley short line runs through the city and past the industrial park. The city boasts a 135-acre Industrial Park with many major employers, including Plastech & Dennis Kirk. There are 27 additional acres of industrial land for sale. The city also owns a 6-acre parcel on I-35 ready for development. Recreation is easy to find including the Bulrush Golf Club, a beautiful 18-hole course and the Rush City Aquatic Center, where families gather on hot summer days.        

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Coming Soon: Manufacturers Month

Chisago County is celebrating manufacturers month in October. The manufacturing industry is a dynamic part of Chisago County and Minnesota's economy and promotes strength and high quality of life in the county's economic development. 

Watch your emails for updates, tour information and other information on the manufacturing industry in Chisago County. 

Kendall Howard Expands

Kendall Howard started in 2000. In 2007 they moved to Chisago City and constructed a 50,000 square foot building. The company builds innovative IT furniture, server racks and rack accessories. The equipment is generally used for cable management and computer workstations. Recently, they completed there 25,000 square foot expansion to open space for additional manufacturing and storage for their growing production and employment. The Chisago County HRA-EDA would like to congratulate Kendall Howard on its expansion.

Kendall Howard will be open to the public from 10am - 2pm on Wednesday October 5th. They would like to see everyone including families, job seekers, schools and community groups to learn firsthand how people make the things we use everyday. 

Highway 8 Strategic Framework:


Join the conversation regarding the future of Highway 8 as we look at the impacts and opportunities of the road reconstruction anticipated for 2024. HKGI, a planning consultant agency, was chosen to facilitate creating a strategic framework with cities along the corridor and county departments. Considerations include economic development, land use, road connections and the environment based on the anticipated development opportunities around the road reconstruction. This Highway 8 Strategic Framework was meant to bring communities together and to plan ahead of the anticipated development.

Open House will be held on Wednesday September 28, 2022 from 4:30pm - 6pm at the Chisago Lakes Library in Chisago City. 

Have you seen our new mural?!

The Chisago County HRA-EDA held a ribbon cutting event for the mural painted on the office building located in North Branch in August. Vice Chair of the HRA-EDA board, Nathan Keech, gave a brief presentation describing the mural and thanking all those involved in this project. The mural artist Alison Price, was not able to attend as she was out of the country, but she was able to create a short video describing how the mural came to be. To check out this video and leave us a little feedback on our mural project click here

*This activity is made possible by the voters of MN through a grant from East Central Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Upcoming Events in the county:

North Branch Fall Harvest FestivalSept 24

Shafer Days: Sept 16 - 18 

Wyoming Stagecoach Day:   Sept 17 

Almelund Apple Festival:     Sept 18 

Lakes and Pines Housing Rehab Program

If you are needing some housing rehabilitation visit the Lakes and Pines website to see if you may qualify for Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Rehabilitation Loan Program. This program offers financing to eligible households to make basic permanent repairs to their home which can also include making improvements for handicap accessibility.

Lakes and Pines CAC, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization; a charitable, educational, private, non-profit corporation serving the seven county area of: Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine. 

Issue: September 15, 2022