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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Eight firefighter recruits took the oath of office Monday, May 18, during a ceremony at the Elk River City Council meeting. All eight graduated from the Elk River Fire Academy in October and completed their one-year probationary period on April 21. They were sworn in ...Read More
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An Elk River man who advocates for veterans’ issues has been named the city’s Volunteer of the Month for May. Ralph Donais was honored at Monday’s Elk River City Council meeting. Donais is chairman of the United Veterans Legislative Council of Minnesota and appears  at the Capitol two to thre...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council decided Monday to continue to have the July 4 fireworks show at Lion John Weicht Park. The council considered but did not adopt a new Independence Day Fireworks Policy that spelled out the process for a group or organization to host the fire...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A company that plans to build a $3.9 million truck dealership in Elk River has been granted up to $546,814 in a property tax abatement from the city. The Elk River City Council approved the GATR abatement in a 5-0 vote Monday. GATR sells heavy-duty and medium-duty tru...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Sherburne County commissioners received an anonymous letter mailed to them last week making allegations of misconduct, and the commissioners in turn went to Sherburne County Administrator Steve Taylor one way or an another with the inflammatory information. Sherburne County Attor...Read More
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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council chose at its May 11 meeting to allow locally owned Adventure Delights to provide concession services at Prairie Park during the 2015 season. This decision to advertise for a vendor came after confirming that local sports groups lack the v...Read More
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The deadline is nearing to submit a name for a new nature-preserve-type property in Elk River. The city is seeking the public’s assistance in naming the property, now referred to as the Houlton Farm, and is having a contest to solicit names.  May 8 is the deadline to enter. Click here for the en...Read More
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Some Elk River residents will likely be delighted by what they won’t have to pay for an important street improvement project in their neighborhood, thanks to a 2013 city policy change using franchise fees instead of special tax assessments. Residents along 196th Avenue in Elk River’s Windsor Oak...Read More
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• David Turch helps governmental units across United States and in St. Cloud area by Jim Boyle Editor The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation April 21 from the head of a Washington, D.C., lobbying firm, one used by governmental units all over the country and right here in...Read More
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• Commissioners bid acceptance takes advantage of better bond rating, lower interest rates to save taxpayer expense by Jim Boyle Editor The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners took action April 21 to save $1,099,220 in bond payments for a public works facility built in Becker and a Sherburne ...Read More
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