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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 out. [...]

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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 and the Elk [...]

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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 said. They [...]

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District 728 Honor Students These graduates of the Elk River Area School District have achieved a grade point average of 4.0 or above.   

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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, I’ll learn how [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Downtown Elk River just got busier on Thursday nights. Reading Frenzy and the Elk River Area Arts Alliance kicked off their town picnic and author grilling schedule that fed right into the Downtown Concert Series sponsored by The Bank of Elk River each year. The first band was Arch Allies, a [...]

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