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One year to the date after their groundbreaking ceremony in 2013, Preferred Powder Coating and the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting to celebrate both Minnesota Manufacturing Week and the opening of Preferred Powder Coating’s new 100,000-square-foot facility in Elk River. The company moved to Elk River from Rogers after nearly a [...]

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The Three Rivers Community Foundation recently announced grant awards that total $34,383 for 15 programs of organizations serving the Elk River Area School District. The grant awards are based on TRCF’s four funding priorities of social, cultural and leisure; public issues and information; human services and education; and lifelong learning. The 2014 grant recipients are: [...]

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Sitzman Air Force Airman Luke A. Sitzman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Sitzman is the son of Patti and Paul Sitzman of Otsego. He is a 2013 graduate of Rogers High School.

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A St. Cloud man was killed early Tuesday morning following a roll over crash of a dune buggy style vehicle in Haven Township. According to Sheriff Joel Brott, Luke Lietha, 27, died at the scene at 2:05 a.m. following CPR attempts by emergency personnel. The accident occurred in a farm field in the 7200 block [...]

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Special to the Star News Homelessness and the risk of becoming homeless is a struggle that many people in local communities deal with daily. Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event in Elk River that will offer people the opportunity to access services and connect with resources. It will be held from 10 a.m. to [...]

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• Candidates vie for open seat in the state’s 6th District by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer The 6th District race will be featured this fall as it is Minnesota’s only U.S. House race in 2014 without an incumbent. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is retiring from the seat in Congress after serving four terms. Her district [...]

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by  Paul Rignell Contributing Writer Police responded to a business on Holt Street where an Elk River man, 47, called at 4:21 p.m. Oct. 12 to say he owned a permit to carry and that he might have lost a handgun from its holster while shopping. An officer helped the man retrace his steps at [...]

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• Utility companies launch effort to raise customer awareness by Jim Boyle Editor For the first time, 13 Minnesota utilities are joining forces to fight back against scams. Reports of phone and email billing scams targeting Minnesota utility customers are increasing at an alarming rate, representing thousands of dollars lost by customer victims. In an effort [...]

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Republican candidate Eric Lucero and DFL candidate Sharon Shimek are vying for the House 30B seat currently held by David FitzSimmons. FitzSimmons, a Republican legislator from Albertville, won the House 30B seat after redistricting in 2012. He did not, however, receive an endorsement from his party this year for a second term in St. Paul. [...]

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