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by Jim Boyle Editor The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners appears poised to add video recording capabilities to its board room. That was the consensus of board members after hearing a report from Sherburne County Administrator Steve Taylor and IT specialist Brian Kamman at a June 2 work sessio...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor Wright County Commissioners are considering abandoning the Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory, but if they do, they will have to do it without the support of its neighbor to the north. The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners concluded the funding formula, based on popula...Read More
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by Briana Sutherland Contributing Writer Fire Chief Ryan Maloney reported during the June 1 Zimmerman City Council meeting that the mock crash at the high school on May 21 was a success. “The kids seem to take something away from it,” Maloney said. The chief also gave a summary report of calls f...Read More
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  by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council mentioned briefly at its May 26 meeting a permit application from Kwik Trip that was tabled until June 1, when a public hearing on the proposal could be continued. The Otsego Planning Commission held a hearing May 18, and residents...Read More
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by Jim Boyle Editor District 728 officials reacted with some relief this week to news that Gov. Mark Dayton and Rep. Kurt Daudt reached a tentative budget deal that abandons for now the idea of universal preschool for 4-year-olds. “It’s a great idea,” Superintendent Mark Bezek said. “The gov...Read More
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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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