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• Local lawmakers say residents have been taxed too much by Jim Boyle Editor The Minnesota Management and Budget Office reported last week that Minnesota’s projected budget surplus grew to $1.9 billion, up $832 million from a previous projection. Budget Commissioner Myron Frans called the surpl...Read More
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The city of Elk River has a new economic development director. Amanda Othoudt was hired Monday by the Elk River City Council. She has been the city of Becker’s community development director since August 2012. Prior to that, she worked in private sector development. She will begin work in Elk Rive...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Rogers Police Chief Jeff Beahen already attends City Council meetings, but in the wake of a shooting at New Hope City Hall, the council has asked that an additional officer also be at the meetings. Now a uniformed officer sits at the back of the room, and the city is ...Read More
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Eileen Stombaugh picks up litter daily on the west end of Elk River, to the tune of several tons a year. She also cleans up trash along the Great Northern Trail in Elk River. “I wish we had a lot more people like that who would take the time to pick up litter on public [...]...Read More
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Seven new on-call firefighters are joining the Elk River Fire Department. They are Trent Collins, Michael Kaden, Michael Kelleher, Philip Luitjens, Justin Ryti, Anthony Seibert and Kenneth Tietz. The Elk River City Council approved their hiring Monday. They now will begin the Elk River Fire Academy,...Read More
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Some improvements are planned to the council chambers at Elk River City Hall. New doors will be installed to the chambers that are handicap-accessible and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There will be work done to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and humidity con...Read More
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The Elk River Fire Department has two new self-contained breathing apparatus units, thanks to the Elk River Lions Club. The Lions Club donated $10,500 to the department to purchase the units. “They contain roughly 30 minutes of breathing air,” Fire Chief T. John Cunningham said of the device. ...Read More
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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council gave the green light at its Feb. 23 meeting for Meridian Land Holdings to build a third addition of the Wildflower Meadows housing subdivision and for the city to have an archery range in the southwest corner of Prairie Park. Merdian plan...Read More
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