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Seven Elk River City Council-approved recruits have begun their journey to become part of an elite team of public safety professionals with the Elk River Fire Department. The training room was filled with the excitement and nervous energy of the new recruits last month as they received their trainin...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A uniformed officer is now present at Sherburne County Board meetings, a change implemented in the wake of a Jan. 26 shooting at New Hope City Hall. In that case, a man opened fire on police officers who were outside the council chambers after a swearing-in ceremony. ...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River City Council members are weighing whether the city should impose stricter regulations on electronic cigarettes. Mayor John Dietz would like the city to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in all locations where tobacco is currently banned under the Minnesota Cl...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Pressure from solar energy companies is mounting, but the Sherburne County Board of Commissioners decided to pass on a request for a moratorium related to the location and establishment of solar energy parks. Commissioners agreed to let current county ordinance, which does not pr...Read More
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The Elk River Area School Board at its April 6 workshop welcomed a representative from Sunrise Energy Ventures of Minnetonka, which is in partnership with California-based SolarCity, and Xcel Energy to install a total of 100 solar gardens in areas west of the district. Their hope is to begin install...Read More
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• New congressman presents first bills in hopes of expanding veterans’ access to health care, improving transportation safety by Eric Hagen and Jim Boyle ECM Publishers Sixth District Congressman Tom Emmer made appearances in Blaine and Otsego last week to give local citizens and business leade...Read More
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The Zimmerman City Council approved at its April 6 meeting a site plan for a Casey’s General Store on now-vacant land located along Fremont Avenue near 10th St. NW. The site sits between the Tinkertown Station Child Care Center at 13160 Fremont Ave. and the complex containing Zimmerman Bar and Gr...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor With Pinewood Golf Course still tied up in litigation, Elk River City Administrator Cal Portner said it’s “highly unlikely” the course will reopen for the 2015 season. The Minnesota Court of Appeals in St. Paul heard an appeal in the case on March 25 and has 90 ...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two state legislators met with citizens Wednesday during a town hall meeting at Denny’s in Otsego.   State Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, and State Rep. Eric Lucero, R-Dayton, talked about the legislative session and fielded questions. There are less than sev...Read More
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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council tabled at its March 23 meeting an item regarding background checks for people who may come in contact as part of their job or volunteer duties with children, the public or city utilities. Mayor Jessica Stockamp suggested that Otsego contr...Read More
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Academy Elk River has received permission from the city to relocate to a larger facility in the light industrial district. The Elk River City Council has approved a conditional use permit for the business, which offers martial arts programs for people of all ages and abilities. Academy Elk River is ...Read More
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