• Ridership reportedly down 8 percent from one year ago by Jim Boyle Editor The Sherburne County Board of Commissioners wants to know what the Metropolitan Council can do to help increase ridership on the Northstar Commuter Rail. Concerned about ridership trends in 2014, members had Sherburne County Administrator Steve Taylor fire off [...]
• $5 billion worth of maintenance and improvements being done across Pacific Northwest to Chicago by Jim Boyle Editor BNSF Railway Company crews were in Elk River this week working to replace ties, an effort that is part of the rail line’s routine planned maintenance. “We continually invest in our physical infrastructure to keep [...]
Ben Utecht, who excelled for the University of Minnesota and two National Football League teams, is battling a new opponent: the effects of five major documented concussions. At the age of 33, he is experiencing some pockets of memory loss. Utecht has turned a letter he wrote, about his fear that someday he would be [...]
• Organizer has lost friends, family to the disease but knows there is help out there by Jim Boyle Editor Katie Shatusky has had friends and relatives lose their battles with depression by completing suicide. She herself has even has battled depression, but with counseling and exercise she has beat the disease off her [...]
• Event to highlight caring, community strengths and hope by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The people organizing the first-ever Community Connections Expo & Picnic say the goal of the free event is to bring together people of all ages for a fun-themed day that spotlights many resources that provide hope and support. The expo runs [...]
• City’s credit rating advances one step by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council approved at its Aug. 11 meeting several applications the Kaleidoscope Charter School needed to proceed with its plan to build a 29,600-square-foot expansion at its location on Kalland Ave. The approvals included utility easements, the plat and plans for [...]
The close of the candidacy filing period for Otsego City Council brought a total of four people to the running for two four-year terms. Challengers Patrick Brink and Paul Bolin will run against incumbents Vern Heidner and Tom Darkenwald in the Nov. 4 election. The newly elected officials take office early in 2015.
Five people filed affidavits for candidacy for Zimmerman’s four elected offices that voters will fill Nov. 4. The deadline was 5 p.m. Aug. 12 and was followed by a two-day period in which candidates may still withdraw. Incumbent Dave Earenfight and challengers Jan Nicodemus and Dave Horvath will run for the mayor’s seat, a two-year term. [...]