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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Twenty-two households were helped during Elk River’s first Project Homeless Connect, an effort designed to help people who are homeless access services and resources. Among the people helped were a family with eight children and an elderly woman whose income hasn’t allowed her to find affordable housing, according to Joy [...]

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The number of Minnesota homes lost to foreclosure during the first half of 2014 shows continued improvement in the state’s housing market, according to a new Minnesota Homeownership Center report. There were 4,375 foreclosures in the first half of 2014, a decline of 36 percent from the same time period in 2013. Area counties also [...]

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“Re-use and Recycle: Going Green in Sherburne County” is a new publication by the Sherburne History Center. It includes a feature on Liberty Paper in Becker, as well as information about Elk River and its Energy City designation, the Sherburne County Municipal Recycling Board, the Elk River Area School District’s “green” efforts, the landfill gas [...]

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• Chamber board likes that business taxes would go down and there would be improvements across the school district by Jim Boyle Editor After hearing from Elk River Area School District officials and reviewing the property tax impact, the Elk River Area chamber of Commerce Board of Directors passed a resolution in favor of a “yes, [...]

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• Community for Kids tells voters how they will pay more if bond and levy fail by Jim Boyle Editor A citizen-led group aimed at getting a “yes, yes” vote on Nov. 4 for the Elk River Area School District bond and levy referendum has turned up its efforts. Community for Kids set up a phone [...]

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Of four seats up on the Elk River Area School Board, only one will be contested on the Nov. 4 ballot. Larry Farber, a former Elk River City Council member and Sherburne County commissioner, and incumbent Shane Steinbrecher filed for the District 1 seat on the Elk River Area School Board. District 1 includes part [...]

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Battle-tested candidates Jennifer Wagner and Paul Motin square off in the race for Ward 4 of the Elk River City Council. They were the top finishers in primary election in August. They beat out Dennis Chuba. Wagner came in first with 136 votes, followed by Motin with 89 and  Chuba with 82. Motin is the [...]

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Four people are running for two seats on the Elk River City Council. Incumbents Vern Heidner and Tom Darkenwald are being challenged by Patrick Brink and Paul Bolin. Otsego City Council members are elected at large and serve four-year terms. Below is information on each of the four candidates running. Paul Bolin Address: 14850 92nd [...]

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