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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer The Elk River Area School Board, at an upcoming meeting, will consider adding two “floating” custodial positions for districtwide work and substituting. Staff in virtually all district departments accrue paid time off for illness or vacation, and custodians who work in the district’s nearly 20 schools and other buildings are […]

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In an ironic twist of fortune, the Community Aid Elk River food shelf took possession of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect van it won in a nationwide contest at the same time its supporters were busy helping CAER raise more than $12,000, its highest donation level ever on “Give to the Max Day.” “This year […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Local organizers are working to open a resource center for homeless youth in Elk River early next year. Called Open Doors for Youth, the drop-in center will be open 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be for youth ages 16-21 primarily from throughout the Elk River Area School District. […]

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Eric Waldoch, of Elk River, started the CAER food shelf’s car repair program in 2003, and continues to faciliate it today. For that and several other volunteer efforts, Waldoch has been named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for November. He was honored at Monday’s City Council meeting. In addition to his […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Salvation Army Family Store in Elk River has converted to energy-efficient LED lighting, which will save nearly $10,000 a year in electrical costs. Located in a former grocery store at 321 Baldwin Ave., the Salvation Army Family Store had been illuminated by 59-watt T12 fluorescent lamps. The 278 fixtures […]

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The Elk River Fire Department is recruiting on-call firefighters. Applications can be downloaded at www.ElkRiverMN.gov/Fire and are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 . No prior training or experience is necessary.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid Minnesota driver’s license and […]

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Eight artists have submitted proposals for the city of Elk River’s “Powered by Nature” public art initiative. “We received some very impressive projects,” Elk River Economic Development Specialist Colleen Eddy told the city’s Economic Development Authority on Monday. A judging panel is expected to review the submittals in a couple of weeks. Ultimately, the City […]

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A crash on Interstate 94 near Rogers that backed up traffic on Highway 101 for hours killed one person, whose vehicle was pushed into parked construction equipment, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The three-car wreck occurred about 9:15 a.m. on eastbound I-94,  authorities said. Megan Hinchliff, 24, of St. Michael, who was driving a […]

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The Elk River Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 9:40 p.m. on Nov. 16 in the 1400 block of Main Street in Elk River. A detached garage was fully engulfed. All occupants were able to safely evacuate the structure. The cause remains under investigation. Mutual aid assistance was received from Big Lake and Zimmerman.

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