Government

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor An outside review of some cases involving internal personnel investigations in Sherburne County has concluded they were handled properly. Commissioner Felix Schmiesing had asked for a review to determine if internal investigations were handled consistently from a broad policy standpoint, according to County Administrator Steve Taylor. Taylor hired Scott Lepak, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz plans to run for re-election this fall. Dietz made the announcement April 11, which was his 65th birthday. “This will probably be the last time I run. If I’m fortunate enough to be re-elected for another term, I think that eight years is enough as [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two four-year council seats are up for election in Elk River this fall. Council Member Paul Motin said he is running for re-election in Ward 4. In Ward 1, Council Member Stewart Wilson said, “At this juncture, I’m not planning to seek election.” Wilson was appointed to the City Council [...]

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Filing period to seek office opens May 20   Elk River mayor and the ward 1 and 4 council member seats are up for election this fall. All terms are for four years. Any eligible person may become a candidate by filing an affidavit of candidacy with the Elk River city clerk between May 20 [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor During 2013, the city of Elk River opened a new park, repaired and reconstructed streets, saw more home building and set an attendance record at the downtown concert series. Those were just a few of the facts outlined in the city’s new 2013 annual report, which was presented to the [...]

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Michelle Masica has been recognized for 30 years of service to the city of Elk River. Police Chief Brad Rolfe said Masica was the city’s first community service officer. Her duties included parking enforcement, animal control and other work that ranged from painting the old creamery building that once housed city hall to sanding Sheetrock [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A local program has seen some success recycling car seats. There were 290 car seats collected locally in 2013 — the equivalent of 2,610 pounds of trash, according to Mark Lees, community health coordinator for Sherburne County. Lees said they work with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to take apart [...]

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by Jim Boyle and Joni Astrup Star News staff The city-owned Pinewood Golf Course will not be opening this spring. The Elk River City Council made that decision by consensus in a work session March 17. It came after the City Council met in a closed session with legal counsel. The city is currently in [...]

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