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• Money will help weekly food program supplement donated fruits, vegetables and bread it regularly gets by Jim Boyle Editor Fresh Food, Fresh Faith of Central Lutheran Church in Elk River received a $5,000 grant. Thrivent Financial Foundation’s Lutheran Community Matthew 25: Neighbors in Need grant was awarded the money based on its effectiveness in addressing […]

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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Zimmerman City Council talked at its Nov. 17 meeting about snow plowing and parking restrictions after Public Works Director Dave Horvath said the storm a week earlier had dumped 13 inches of snow and brought about 20 complaint calls. “It’s very hard for us to do a nice job […]

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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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