The story of the
geographical area that the municipal government of North
Branch has encompassed since its incorporation as a
township in 1861 has come full circle. In 1881 the
citizens of the township continued under one municipal
government when North Branch incorporated as a
township-size village (36 square miles).
In 1901, however, the jurisdiction
divided. A one-square mile area of the township detached
from the original village and reincorporated itself as
the village of North Branch. The village of North Branch
was more urbanized and was centrally located within the
original 35 square mile rural area that reverted its
status back to township and named itself Branch.
In 1961 Branch became a
village, still surrounding the village of North Branch.
When both communities grew rapidly after the completion
of 1-35 in 1969, North Branch continued to be the more
densely populated urban area of the community while
Branch became home to many commuters who built homes on
one-acre or larger lots. Farms comprise the remainder of
In 1974, both communities
became statutory cities under the state law that
encouraged uniformity in municipal government. Within
the next 10 years citizens began to reconsider the
benefits of consolidating the governments and services
of the communities.
A special election in
1984 proposed a study of merging the two cities. The
proposal failed, and for the next 10 years the area
experienced detachment/annexation proceedings, requests
for extension of North Branch's municipal services,
citizens' petitions to respective city councils and a
study on consolidation by the Minnesota Municipal Board
and a 20-member citizens' task force.
The Municipal Board
granted the consolidation and the North Branch City
Council adopted it. However, the Branch City Council
defeated the measure. A sufficient number of Branch
residents petitioned for a referendum on consolidation,
which was held on September 13, 1994 to coincide with
the primary election. Large majorities of the voters in
both Branch and North Branch voted for consolidation. As
a result, the Municipal Board met and called for
election of officers for the new city at the general
election. The city officials were sworn in and the new
city name came into existence on November 14, 1994.
General Information, City of
(651-674-8113) is conveniently
located in downtown North Branch at 6408 Elm Street.
The City is governed by a five-member
City Council, consisting of the mayor and
four council members, elected at large.
Planning Commission page under "Boards and Commissions" for
full information on when the Commission meets and a
list of their citizen members.
Trails, & Open Space Commission
page under "Board and Commissions" for full information
on when the Commission meets and a list of their citizen
Economic Development Authority (EDA) page under
"Boards and Commissions for full information on when the
EDA meets and its current citizen members.
North Branch Municipal Water and Light Commission
(651-674-7100) entry under "City Departments"
for information on the Water and Light Commission:
their history, their meeting time, and the current
citizen commission members.
Municipal Liquor Store
entry under "City Departments" for full information
and hours of operation.
North Branch Water and Light Commission,
North Branch has the capacity to store 1,000,000 gallons
of water in its three water towers. In 1996 the
towers that are located on either side of I-35 were
connected to provide an ample, consistent water supply
to residents and firefighters.
City Sewer: City of North
Branch, 651-674-8113: The City has received
commendations in the past from the MPCA for exceptional
operation, maintenance and management of its wastewater
treatment plant, located on City property near the
industrial park. A new mechanical wastewater treatment
facility was constructed in 2004 and came online in
2005. Residents in rural areas of North Branch rely
on private wells and septic systems for water supply and
Utilities and Services
can be purchased from:
Natural Gas can be purchased from:
674 exchange has been included in the metro calling
area since 1994 and the Rush City area code (358) is
North Branch does not provide for city garbage pickup.
Residents must contract with a licensed refuse hauler.
The licensed haulers are:
East Central Sanitation (763)
Inc. (651) 464-2321
Terry's Disposal (651) 674-4053
is mandatory since non-recyclable and unsorted garbage
Chisago County is landfilled near Mora. The
PICKM counties contract with a private business to
compost at that site.
of North Branch operates a compost site near the
wastewater treatment plant. The site is open for
drop-off of leaves and grass and for pickup of free
compost. The City also schedules free
leaf pickup in the spring and fall.
Household Hazardous Waste (HHW):
Chisago County operates a
household hazardous waste disposal site located at
39649 Grand Avenue (North Branch Industrial Park).
Chisago County's website or call (651)
213-0450 or call the North Branch disposal site
directly at (651) 237-0912 for information on
materials they accept.
This facility is open to Chisago
County residents; bring identification proving
county residency. The facility is open each
Monday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the last Saturday
of each month 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The HHW (see
links listed below) facility also offers the
Information & Education (I&E) Center - (651)
- Materials Exchange
(great free, reusable stuff) (651) 213-0879
- Waste Reduction and
Pollution Prevention Assistance (651) 237-0836
- Information on
Illegal Backyard Garbage Burning (651) 237-0836
Meeting Room at the facility for environmental
groups (651) 237-0912
Recycling information (651) 237-0836
Post Office: The North Branch Post office
is located at 6444 Elm Street, (651) 674-7171.
Cable TV: Cable TV is provided in most
densely populated areas and housing developments within
the City. The cable provider is MidContinent
Transportation is provided by
Heartland Express. Call 763-689-8131 for
Communications: The City's official
newspaper is the
Post Review. It is published Wednesday
of each week, and it is the paper where the City publishes
public hearing notices, ordinances, and other official
North Branch Area Library under "City
Departments" for library location and hours.
Police: In case of an emergency call:
The City has a full-time police department. To contact
the police department with non-emergency matters
you may call 651-674-8848. To contact the
Chisago County Sheriff's office with
non-emergency matters, call 651-674-7033.
In case of an emergency call: 9-1-1.
The City is served by the North Branch Volunteer Fire
Call police/fire emergency phone number:
Hospitals: The nearest hospitals are
Fairview Lakes Regional Medical Center, 5200
Fairview Boulevard, Wyoming, (651) 982-7000;
Cambridge Medical Center, 701 South Dellwood,
Cambridge, (763) 689-7700.
Both hospitals have clinics in North Branch:
Fairview Lakes North Branch Clinic, 6913 Oak Street,
(651) 674-8353; and
Allina Medical Center, 38986 14th Avenue,
Real estate tax:
The Chisago County
Assessor's Office (651-257-1300) can provide
information on how property taxes are calculated.
must be posted and clearly visible from the
Your annual property tax statement is prepared and
mailed each spring by Chisago County. For new
homeowners, you must go to the Chisago County Assessor's
Office to homestead your property. To contact Chisago
County you can call 651-257-1300, or write 313 North
Main Street, Center City, Minnesota 55012. Chisago
County needs the legal description of your property or
the property identification number to check tax records.
Animal control is contracted to
All dogs over six months of age must be licensed
and leashed; animal nuisance ordinances are enforced.
Dogs are not allowed to run at large at any time. Dogs
are not allowed off the owners premises unless properly
leashed. Dog owners are required to clean up after their
pets. Frequent loud barking, howling, or yelping is
prohibited. Annual licenses cost $10 and may be obtained
at City Hall. To report dog issues, call Chisago
County Dispatch at 651-674-7033.
Bicycles: Bicycle riders must ride with
the traffic. Bicycles are not required to be licensed in
North Branch. You are encouraged, however, to register
your bicycle with the State of Minnesota.
Recreational fires are allowed in a fire pit without a
permit (no larger than 3' X 3' X 3'). All other burning
requires a burning permit, which may be obtained at City
Hall. You are allowed to burn agricultural products.
Burning of other materials is prohibited.
Electronic open burning permits can be purchased from
the MN DNR at
permits must be activated by telephone prior to burning.
Daycare: For information on daycare
facilities, call Chisago County, or consult the local
Permits are required for
building, electrical, plumbing, heating and air
conditioning, and related work. Permits may be
obtained from the Building Department at City Hall.
Work is checked by City inspectors for code
Peddlers/Solicitors are required
to obtain a Transient Merchant License from the
City. If approached by a peddler or solicitor who
does not have a license, or who refuses to leave
when requested, call the police department at 9-1-1.
Contact the Planning Department for special sign
Signs placed in violation of City ordinances or
other regulations may be removed by City personnel.
No signs are allowed within the public right-of-way
or in any location where they could obstruct sight
lines for motorists or interfere with safe movement
Signs may not be placed on utility poles.
Political signs may be placed for 30 days before and
10 days after an election.
Trails: North Branch is the head of
the Sunrise Prairie Trail. This trail runs from
North Branch south to the Chisago/Washington County
line. The trail provides bikers, rollerbladers,
walkers, and snowmobilers with a scenic ride through
Curfew: North Branch's curfew
ordinance prohibits minors under the age of 17 from
being on public streets, highways, parks,
playgrounds, or public places unsupervised between
10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the following day. Young people
out after curfew can be stopped and questioned by
police; curfew violations may lead to a fine or
court appearance. Parents or guardians may also be
guilty of a misdemeanor if they allow-either
intentional or through negligent supervision-a
juvenile to break curfew.
Young people may be out after curfew if they are
with a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult.
They may also be out if they are attending or
returning from an organized and supervised school
Parking: It is unlawful for anyone to
park a vehicle on a public alley, street or highway
within the City between the hours of 1 a.m. and 7
a.m. from November 1st until April 1st, or after any
snowstorm until the snow has been removed.
If your car is parked on a street during hours when
it is prohibited, you can be given a parking ticket
and your vehicle could be towed. Car owners are
responsible for both the towing and impound costs
Park Regulations: Parks are closed
from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. No motorized vehicles
are allowed in any City park, except on designated
roadways and parking areas. Fires are
prohibited in parks, except in grills. Fires shall
be attended at all times. Overnight camping is
prohibited. Littering, intoxicating beverages,
and defacing property are prohibited.
Picnic shelter areas may be reserved. Reservations
can be made at City Hall.
Snowmobiles: Snowmobiles are
prohibited on public streets and lands except the
following streets: Elm Street from 1st Avenue to
14th Avenue; Oakview Avenue from Elm Street to
Highway 95; and the ditch between the west side of
County Road 30 and the railroad right-of-way between
the north and south City limits. Snowmobiles are
allowed on designated trails within the City.
Contact the local Sno-Drifters Snowmobile Club.
Driver's Licenses/Car Tabs: North
Branch does not have license bureau. You may obtain
a driver's license or vehicle license at one of the
following license bureaus:
Chisago City Deputy Registrar, (651)
Cambridge Deputy Registrar, (763) 689-1130;
Washington County License Bureau, (651) 464-7500.
Related links of
these links for specific North Branch and Chisago
County areas of interest:
Contact Bridgitte Konrad at City Hall, 651-674-8113, or
Bridgitte with questions or comments.