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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Great River Regional Library’s digital collection — e-books and downloadable audiobooks — is seeing a surge in popularity. Checkouts of those items increased 81 percent from 2012 to 2013 across the GRRL system, which consists of 32 libraries including the one in Elk River. There were 111,257 checkouts of GRRL’s [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing Writer Rain or shine, the fourth annual Bubba 5K/5K-9 Run will once again rouse hundreds of local patrons to dash for Zimmerman-area causes Saturday, April 5 at the Zimmerman High School. This year, in addition to individual contributions, local businesses are also throwing their weight behind the fund raiser as sponsors. [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor About 3,000 parks and recreation community surveys will mailed out soon to randomly selected homeowners and renters in Elk River. Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker said if people get a survey, he encourages them to fill it out and return it. The city needs to get least 400 back [...]

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Sandbags are now available to Elk River residents facing flooding issues. They can pick them up at the Elk River maintenance facility, 19000 Proctor Road,  during normal business hours. Each individual addressed residential household or business may pick up 100 sandbags at no cost.  Additional bundles of 50 bags each can be purchased for $12. [...]

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It’s Saturday at the neighborhood Goodwill, and among the shoppers is Evgenia Hutson, creator of the BeingZhenya.com style and thrift blog. Having heard that Goodwill now sorts clothing according to size, she was curious to see whether that improvement would make a big difference in her shopping experience. “Sorting by size is a great step [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, has introduced a bill in the Minnesota Senate seeking $10 million to upgrade the Highway 10-169-101 interchange in Elk River. Under the proposal the stop light at the top of the interchange would be eliminated and the last two lobes of the cloverleaf would be [...]

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At least 12 people were killed on Minnesota roads since Feb. 28, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). Since Jan.1, 51 people have died on Minnesota roads, two more than this time last year, but nine fewer (60) than 2012. The recent fatalities include three Carlton College students who [...]

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Elk River Police were dispatched March 9 to the 12000 block of 210th Circle on a report of a possible fight that was about to occur between the suspect and victim. Upon arrival, it was determined the suspect, a 32-year-old Zimmerman man, had drove to the victim’s residence with a kniffe and allegedly told the [...]

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