Opinion

When did Elk River and Big Lake become a train yard for Burlington Northern? We have lived very near the crossing of County Road 35 and Zebulon for 35 years. We knew we were near a crossing and would have train noise when we bought our home. But now, not only has the train traffic [...]

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Tanner James Pap, of Lino Lakes, was hoping to counsel others on the dangers of drug abuse. Instead, he died from a heroin overdose as a student at the University of Minnesota in 2012. He was 21. Nick Moore, of Fridley, a 25-year-old bioengineering student at the University of Minnesota, died of a heroin overdose [...]

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As a 35 year resident of Elk River, I am very upset with the closing of Pinewood Golf Course. My wife has now retired and planned on learning the game of golf and I had told her Pinewood is the place to learn. In the past I have taken all three of my grandsons to [...]

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As you may know, the committee that has put on the Fourth of July event the last few years has disbanded. The city of Elk River has stepped in to try to fill some of the void. It means that, yes, there will be fireworks on the Fourth. They will be fired off from the [...]

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Thank you to everyone who supported the VFW, and American Legion Auxiliary poppy programs by donating money for a poppy on Elk River Poppy Day, on May 9. Also thank you to Elk River DECA for all the students’ help. Also, thank you to the stores and restaurants that allowed us to distribute poppies. Our [...]

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What a sad event to contemplate that Pinewood golf course will close. As a longtime resident of Elk River whose family roots go back to the late 1800s, I have seen many changes in my hometown over the years. Through some of these changes, we have lost historic sites that made our town uniquely attractive. [...]

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The City Council and the mayor are making a mistake by closing Pinewood Golf Course. They are also reneging on a contract made by the Elk River City Council. City officials say the value of the land has decreased from the time the purchase was made. They say the city is losing $82,000 per year [...]

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Access to critical data protected at state Legislature We at ECM Publishers recently told you about a bill regarding public access to critical data that was waiting for the governor’s signature. Senate File 1770 had already received unanimous support in the House and the Senate. Known as the Timberjay bill, it would require that all [...]

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Dare we say Hero, a golden Labrador retriever, is the “paws” that refreshes, cuddles and calms students at Eastview Elementary School in the Lakeville school district? For part of each school day, Hero, a trained service dog, walks on a leash with one of four trained handlers and does his part to make education more [...]

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