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Special to the Star News Homelessness and the risk of becoming homeless is a struggle that many people in local communities deal with daily. Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event in Elk River that will offer people the opportunity to access services and connect with resources. It will be held from 10 a.m. to [...]

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• Candidates vie for open seat in the state’s 6th District by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer The 6th District race will be featured this fall as it is Minnesota’s only U.S. House race in 2014 without an incumbent. U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann is retiring from the seat in Congress after serving four terms. Her district [...]

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by  Paul Rignell Contributing Writer Police responded to a business on Holt Street where an Elk River man, 47, called at 4:21 p.m. Oct. 12 to say he owned a permit to carry and that he might have lost a handgun from its holster while shopping. An officer helped the man retrace his steps at [...]

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• Utility companies launch effort to raise customer awareness by Jim Boyle Editor For the first time, 13 Minnesota utilities are joining forces to fight back against scams. Reports of phone and email billing scams targeting Minnesota utility customers are increasing at an alarming rate, representing thousands of dollars lost by customer victims. In an effort [...]

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Republican candidate Eric Lucero and DFL candidate Sharon Shimek are vying for the House 30B seat currently held by David FitzSimmons. FitzSimmons, a Republican legislator from Albertville, won the House 30B seat after redistricting in 2012. He did not, however, receive an endorsement from his party this year for a second term in St. Paul. [...]

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Nick Zerwas of Elk River is running for his second term in the Minnesota House of Representatives, District 30A. The Republican legislator is being challenged by Brenden Ellingboe, a DFL-endorsed candidate from Elk River. Both Zerwas and Ellingboe were sent a questionnaire by the Star News. Below are Zerwas’ answers. Ellingboe did not provide answers [...]

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Two of the 19 district courts seats that will be on the ballots in the 10th Judicial District this year are contested. The 10th District consists of the counties of Washington, Chisago, Anoka, Sherburne, Isanti, Wright, Kanabec and Pine. There are 45 judges total. Each year, one third of those are up for re-election. Judges [...]

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Sherburne County Board of Commissioner’s District 2 representative Ewald Peterson, of Big Lake, is running for re-election, and he is being challenged by Erv Danielowski, also of Big Lake. District 2 includes the city of Big Lake and the western edge of Elk River. Both candidates seeking this seat recently responded to candidate questionnaires from [...]

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• Sheriff, recorder, auditor-treasurer and District 4 County Commissioner do not have challengers Several Sherburne County races are going on uncontested this fall. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott, Auditor-Treasurer Diane Arnold and Recorder Michelle Ashe are all seeking re-election but are unopposed. Similarly, Sherburne County Commissioner Felix Schmiessing, who represents District 4, is also seeking [...]

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