New environmental coordinator hired

Effective March 13, the city of Elk River will have a new environmental coordinator.

The City Council approved March 6 the hiring of Amanda Bednar, who currently works as a recycling assistant for the city of Coon Rapids. Bednar has previously worked as a district representative at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District in Minnetonka and has experience as a temporary program assistant at the Recycling Association of Minnesota.

Bednar as a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Benedict, where she double majored in environmental and earth science and environmental studies and communication.

Bednar replaces Kristin Mroz-Risse, who resigned to take a position with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.