Government

For the sixth consecutive year, the city of Elk River has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award is for the city’s 2014 fiscal year budget document. To receive the award, the city had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River is moving ahead with soliciting proposals for a piece of public art reflecting the city’s Powered by Nature brand. The Elk River Economic Development Authority voted 6-0 Monday to move forward with the sculpture competition. The city is looking for a solar-powered clock, fountain, tree, sculpture or other [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A new grant possibility has emerged for the city of Elk River to acquire the Houlton farm. The new player is The Trust for Public Land, which has grant funds available and has offered to seek approval to buy the farm and donate it to the city. The farm is [...]

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There are three candidates running for the Elk River City Council seat in Ward 4, which leads to a run-off in a primary vote. The candidates are Council Member Paul Motin, Denny Chuba and Jennifer Wagner. The top two finishers in the Aug. 12 primary election will be placed on the Nov. 4 general election [...]

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Work continues on the process of drafting an Elk River Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The plan is scheduled to be completed in October. A community open house is set for 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at Elk River City Hall, 13065 Orono Parkway. Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker said the open house will [...]

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by Samara Postuma Contributing Writer The groundbreaking on the much-anticipated Interstate 94 expansion took place Monday, June 30, in St. Michael. The project will add a lane to the freeway between Highway 101 in Rogers and Highway 241 in St. Michael. Area government officials as well as state officials were in attendance and spoke of [...]

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The Highway 10 bridge over Lake Orono in Elk River is scheduled to be replaced in 2017. The project is estimated to cost around $10 million. “We’ve known that this was due for a replacement. We’ve had it in our long-term funding program, and then we pulled it into the 10-year plan and now we’re [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor City officials are toying with the idea of launching a sculpture competition as the grand finale to Elk River’s Powered by Nature branding effort. The Elk River Economic Development Authority showed interest in the idea at a meeting earlier this month, but has not yet given the go-ahead to proceed. [...]

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