• City of Elk River’s effort to preserve fireworks show deemed successful
by Jim Boyle
Fireworks lit up the skies around Lion’s Park in Elk River for the fifth Fourth of July in a row this past weekend.
This year the city of Elk River stepped forward to keep them alive after a citizens group that had assembled a program and fireworks show for the four previous years stepped aside.
“It was a tremendous 20 minutes,” Elk River Mayor John Dietz reported at the July 7 Elk River City Council meeting.
The $15,000 fireworks display was presented by RES Pyrotecnics of Belle Plain.
Between leftover funds from last year’s fund drive from the Elk River Independence Day Committee, contributions from the city of Elk River and its Economic Development Authority as well as donations from local businesses, civic organizations and citizens, there is expected to be money leftover after all the bills are paid. Dietz said that could be saved for next year’s show.
Businesses to give $500 to this year’s show were Sportech, Granite Shores and First National Bank. The Elk River Rotary gave $500, too. The Elk River Lions gave $1,000 toward fireworks and the Zimmerman Fire Relief Fund gave $1,000 for incidentals.
Zylstra Harley Davidson gave $500 to a youth group that helped with clean up on the day after the fireworks display.