Archive | May 20, 2011

On May 4, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit arrested a 59-year-old man suspected of selling cocaine. John Joseph Daugherty of Elk River is currently in custody at the Hennepin County Jail. The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has charged Daugherty with the following felonies: •Controlled Substance Crime, Second Degree- Sale •Controlled Substance Crime, Third [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Brian Gardner gave little thought to joining the Elk River American Legion when he moved to Lions Park Apartments in the mid-1990s. “I thought it was just a drinking establishment for old men,” he recalls. He himself was a recovered alcoholic, so the Legion had little appeal. He’s now the commander [...]

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Mark Reitter, a retired United States Air Force major, will give the Memorial Day address on May 30 at the Lions Park bandshell. The program is set for  10 a.m., and it will include a presentation of awards from the American Legion Auxiliary, the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the V.F.W. Post 5518 and the American Legion Post [...]

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Fannie Mae and the Minnesota Home Ownership Center are teaming together with housing counselors statewide to provide a new service for homeowners with Fannie Mae loans struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments, seeking loan modification or other resolutions. Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling Service, the largest statewide provider of foreclosure prevention counseling in Minnesota, [...]

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The Elk River City Council has renewed its support of a citizen-led effort to assemble an  annual Independence Day celebration at Lions Park. Council members and Elk River Mayor John Dietz authorized up to $5,000 to cover program-related expenses, including police supervision, portable bathrooms, garbage service and entertainment. The Elk River Independence Day Committee’s next [...]

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The Minnesota School of Business is hosting its first military resource fair for active duty members, veterans, spouses and children of military members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 31 at the Elk River campus. Representatives from the Sherburne County Veteran Services, Family Assistance Centers, VA Healthcare, Mental Health Center, recruiting officers and [...]

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I’ve always worn a seat belt, even before a law was passed requiring it. I feel naked when I don’t buckle up. But at the same time I resent the government telling me I have to wear one. I’m old enough to make my own decisions. I don’t need or want a governmental baby sitter. [...]

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It seems to be fashionable these days to spew venom upon teachers and public employees and the unions that represent them. I hear talk about “Cadillac health plans” and “higher wages than the private sector.” I ask that the readers be wary of repeating the opinions until they have verified the “facts” as well. I [...]

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Elk River area educators like Marco Voce and Vanessta Spark are urging families to talk with youngsters about bullying. Judging from a statewide survey of thousands of Minnesota sixth-, ninth- and 12th-graders, this is an issue for a lot of young people. Here’s what educators are suggesting, and here’s what the survey found. Last year, [...]

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