Archive | May 20, 2011

With all the concern over local jobs and the economy in communities, this is the time to shop local merchants and keep them in business. Local businesses are the lifeblood of the local community. Not only do they provide jobs and convenient shopping, they also pay taxes and are a leading force in the community. [...]

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The Elk River Area Arts Alliance deserves applause for getting downtown restaurants on board for the 2011 installment of ArtSoup. The organization made a judgment call to waive the fees for these local vendors to sell food at the every-other-year event, and promised to limit those serving to downtown businesses alone. It has always been [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor There are more than 2,200 senior high school students taking world languages across the Elk River Area School District this year, and that number is expected to grow considerably once a new world language curriculum adoption takes root. “The students will be very excited about the technology and resources they will [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer “Our overall goal for Zimmerman’s Wild West Days is to offer the community an amazing event that is as accepting, inclusive, and as accessible as possible,” says Bill Potrament, the president of the Zimmerman Civic Club. Wild West Days will launch this year under the Zimmerman Civic Club’s direction on [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer This year, Julie and Shorty Dorweiller will be the grand marshals of the parade, bringing home to Zimmerman more of the great tradition that defines the spectacle.  Julie and Shorty have a long history of announcing for rodeos and parades. Together, they started the Hamel Rodeo Committee 31 years ago [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer The long-standing tradition of the Wild West Days Soapbox Derby will be sure to draw crowds this year with its original vehicle entries. The derby will be held Sunday, May 29 at 11 a.m. at the corner of Fremont Avenue and Main Street in downtown Zimmerman. There are four age [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor After 18 months of relative obscurity running out Westwood Elementary School, The Crossing Church’s Zimmerman campus has moved into its newest permanent facility in the former Lane’s grocery store. The church will host its first Sunday church service May 22. Most of the 150 parishioners who found The Crossing tucked away [...]

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MainStreetChamber is a new chamber of commerce that is sweeping not only the state, but the nation. Membership is free and geared to small business owners who can take part in any of the chamber’s events nationwide.  

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Great River Area Faith in Action launched “Pennies for People,”  a campaign to raise $20,000 to meet a growing need for help to people in the community. Approximately 200 jars with the “Pennies for People” label are being placed in businesses and churches throughout Sherburne, Wright and Stearns counties. Executive Director Denice Freih hopes it [...]

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