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A Santiago couple escaped a burning house on Aug. 25 but not before one of them suffered severe burns, according to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott. Sherburne County Sheriff’s deputies were called at 3:31 p.m. to the home at 16098 57th Street in St. in Santiago Township. They arrived to find the home on fire [...]

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• Zimmerman seat will go to the top write-in candidate   by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer An unusual election season will unfold in Zimmerman because, for the first time in at least 20 years, a write-in candidate stands to win a four-year term on the Zimmerman City Council. There are three open seats — one [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Elk River Police are investigating the death of James Belland, a 25-year-old Elk River man they believe died of a drug overdose. Police were called by the victim’s wife on a report of a possible overdose at 9:08 p.m. on Aug. 15 in the 19000 Queen Circle, according to Elk River [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor District 728 high school activities directors recommended a litany of changes and improvements to their athletics and activities programs at an Aug. 18 work session of the Elk River Area School Board. Their report was the culmination of a 2014 activities study. The list, spread out on a six-page document, includes [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor While lacrosse players kicked, nudged, batted and threw hard rubber balls into nets over the summer on local fields, District 728 high school activities directors were busy scoring a big point for the future of the sport. They brokered a partnership with local lacrosse boosters that will keep the fastest-growing sport [...]

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                by Jim Boyle Editor Activities director Mike Cunningham told members of the Elk River Area School Board the most pressing need for his department is to bolster the district’s underfunded marching band. The district marching band is underfunded, understaffed in terms of paid staff, and under-supported, a [...]

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Middle school sports It’s recommended that middle school sports, which were cut in 1998, continue to be supported and fostered through activities provided by Community Education. Facility and district budget concerns in Rogers and Elk River would need to be addressed with the addition of middle school sports in those schools.   Booster clubs The recommendation is to [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor While the news of Robin Williams’ death and apparent suicide spread like wildfire the week of Aug. 11, nurse Heidi Olson, of Big Lake, became angered. Not by the comedian and actor of critical acclaim, but by the news media and many on social media. She worried about the impact those [...]

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