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by Joni Astrup Associate editor With the snip of a ribbon, Elk River opened a new destination playground at Orono Park on Tuesday, June 25. After a few speeches during the grand opening ceremony, Mayor John Dietz cut the ribbon and a flood of eager children raced into the new playground to try it ou...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate editor They rise early to bake up a storm, and by afternoon the women from Laestadian Lutheran Church of Elk River are ready to hit the local farmers markets. They will be selling their fresh baked goods, including a popular Finnish coffee bread called pulla, at the Nowthen ...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Ryan Thompson grew up on a farm in Nowthen, and farming is in his blood. He took over his grandfather’s vegetable farming business after Wally Thompson died and today, he and his wife, Becky, grow produce on 15 acres of land in Nowthen. “I enjoy doing it,” he sa...Read More
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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Sue Seeger was one of two women in the welding class at Anoka-Hennepin Technical College. This was the 1990s. She had left a job in business, she was over 30, and she was a student again. “My original idea was more businessy,” said Seeger. “I thought, well, ...Read More
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