City water: North Branch Water and Light Commission, (651) 674-7100
North Branch has the capacity to store 500,000 gallons of water in its two 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. The plant is an aerated pond system constructed in 1987. It is now operating at 68 percent capacity. Residents in rural areas of North Branch rely on private wells and septic systems for water supply and sewage disposal.
Other Utilities and Services
Electricity can be purchased from:
- North Branch Water and Light, (651)-674-7100
- East Central Electric, (320) 396-3351
- Northern States Power, (800) 895-4999
Natural Gas can be purchased from:
- People’s Natural Gas (320-629-2533) or
- NSP (1-800-895-4999).
Telephone: The 674 exchange has been included in the metro calling area since 1994 and the Rush City area code (358) is toll free.
- North Star Access (North Branch Office (651) 277-4672)
- Qwest, (1-800-244-1111)
Garbage Removal: North Branch does not provide for city garbage pickup. Residents must contract with a licensed refuse hauler. The licensed haulers are:
- East Central Sanitary, (763) 689-2171;
- National Refuse, (651) 462-5072;
- SRC, Inc., (651) 464-2321; or
- Terry’s Disposal, (651) 674-4053.
Curbside recycling is mandatory since non-recyclable and unsorted garbage from Chisago County is landfilled near Mora. The PICKM counties contract with a private business to compost at that site.
The City 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. Residents should call City Hall for compost site hours. 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). Visit 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 facility also offers the following:
- Environmental Information & Education (I&E) Center – (651) 237-0836
- 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
- Environmental Meeting Room at the facility for environmental groups (651) 237-0912
- Electronics Recycling information (651) 237-0836
Post Office: The North Branch Post office is located at 808 Seventh Avenue, (651) 674-7171.
Cable TV: Cable TV is provided in most densely populated areas and housing developments within the City. The cable provider is US Cable (763-689-4550) out of Cambridge.
Transportation is provided by Heartland Express. Call 763-689-8131 for information.
Communications: The City’s official newspaper is the Post Review. It’s the paper where the City publishes public hearing notices, ordinances, and other official information. The paper is published weekly, on Wednesday, and is available at various stores throughout the City. You may contact them for home delivery at 651-674-7025. The Cambridge Star is published twice weekly. The Star is distributed through home distribution on Thursday and Saturday. The City publishes a quarterly newsletter, Vision North, distributed in the Peach package.
Library: See North Branch Area Library under “City Departments” for library location and hours.