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The playground at Elk River’s Orono Park has been featured in the March issue of Parks and Recreation Business magazine. The publication goes to cities and parks and recreation agencies nationwide. Elk River Parks and Recreation Director Michael Hecker wrote the article, which is about designing t...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor It was while Jovan Palmieri was driving St. Paul fire trucks that he figured there had to be a safer way to back up the big rigs.   Drivers rely on spotters, who communicate with hand signals, flashlights or other means. “I was always worried about backing over...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Technology is impacting the way people use libraries. At the Great River Regional Library, a public library system with branches in 31 cities including Elk River, circulation of physical materials like books, magazines, DVDs and CDs is  declining and use of the digit...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Melinda Goetsch got hooked on audio books in 2003, when she’d listen to them on her car’s cassette player while driving to and from work appointments. The stories helped take her mind off the recent death of her dad. A dozen years later, Goetsch and her husband, J...Read More
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Back on March 1 a man reported the theft of $40 after he had paid a visit to an ATM and bought a few things at Wal-Mart. The man, 67, believed the money had fallen out of his pocket in the checkout line at the Elk River big box store, and video footage showing someone [...]...Read More
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• City Council also OKs Wilson Preserve housing development by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council agreed at its March 9 meeting to approve a bid of $10,700 from Bocephus Contracting to install a dog-park fence southwest of the Prairie Center in Prairie Park. The council do...Read More
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Guardian Angels Golden Gala, a kickoff to the organization’s 50th anniversary, exceeded all expectations on March 14 at the Courtyards of Andover in Anoka. Not only did the 13th annual event fill the new, larger venue with nearly 400 guests, it raised more than $100,000 that organizers had set as ...Read More
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• For more than two decades, National Groundwater Awareness Week has brought focus on the important subject   Properly maintaining wells that tap into groundwater is critical for protecting personal health and the resource, say state health officials. National Groundwater Awareness Week, whi...Read More
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Faith in Action’s eighth annual gala will be held Friday, March 27, in Otsego and Saturday, March 28, in St. Cloud. The Otsego event will be at Rockwoods Banquet Center, 9100 Quaday Ave. NE. The St. Cloud gala will be a catered event at Faith in Action’s St. Cloud facility at 1230 Highway 23 E. ...Read More
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• Search of home found that toddlers were living among   garbage, drugs, feces by Jeffrey Hage ECM Publishers Two young children are in Fairview Northland Medical Center Hospital in Princeton after being found starving in a filthy Baldwin Township home. Their father, 32-year-old Michael Gunderson...Read More
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