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• Beckstrand-Schafer said the research and writing process helped prepare her and alter the way she takes in the world around her   by Jim Boyle Editor For Christen Beckstrand-Schafer, the experience of walking back into her former high school and speaking to students was rather surreal. The 2006 Elk River High School graduate doesn’t [...]

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• Lawmakers press for ability to use drug to counteract overdoses without fear of penalty Sen. Chris Eaton’s legislation to increase access to naloxone passed unanimously on April 8 in the Minnesota Senate. In doing so, lawmakers approved what has been termed “Steve’s Law” (Senate file 1900), which will permit a wider use of the [...]

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As April opened with wind-driven snow and temperatures that still featured wind-chill readings, Minnesotans longingly looked from their windows, waiting for the day when ice-covered lakes would open and freshwater fishing could resume. It’s a way of life, and in Minnesota, sport fishing is a $2.8 billion industry of vital importance to the state’s economy [...]

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• Project costs more to replace and relocate but there are advantages by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Zimmerman City Council agreed at its April 7 meeting to take the next step toward replacing and moving sewer lift station No. 7 when it authorized the production of final engineering plans and specifications for the 2014 [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Great Bull Run is coming to Elk River. The event was to be held Saturday, May 10, at Elk River Extreme Motor Park, but the event organizers announced Thursday that they are rescheduling it to June 21. “Due to the abnormally cold winter throughout the country this year, we’ve [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A Rogers woman has written a children’s book about autism. Barbara Paschke is the author of “I Am Nathan … I Have Autism,” which is about her grandson, Nathan. Autism affects one in 68 children in the United States, said Paschke, who spoke Tuesday at the Elk River Activity Center. [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor In 1974, Debbie Smith decided to take a break from college and work for awhile. A girlfriend was a receptionist at The Bank of Elk River and told Smith the bank was hiring. Smith applied and clinched a job after being interviewed by Pat Dwyer. Four decades later, she’s still [...]

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