Government

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor During 2013, the city of Elk River opened a new park, repaired and reconstructed streets, saw more home building and set an attendance record at the downtown concert series. Those were just a few of the facts outlined in the city’s new 2013 annual report, which was presented to the [...]

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Michelle Masica has been recognized for 30 years of service to the city of Elk River. Police Chief Brad Rolfe said Masica was the city’s first community service officer. Her duties included parking enforcement, animal control and other work that ranged from painting the old creamery building that once housed city hall to sanding Sheetrock [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A local program has seen some success recycling car seats. There were 290 car seats collected locally in 2013 — the equivalent of 2,610 pounds of trash, according to Mark Lees, community health coordinator for Sherburne County. Lees said they work with the Recycling Association of Minnesota to take apart [...]

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by Jim Boyle and Joni Astrup Star News staff The city-owned Pinewood Golf Course will not be opening this spring. The Elk River City Council made that decision by consensus in a work session March 17. It came after the City Council met in a closed session with legal counsel. The city is currently in [...]

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The results of a community health assessment are in and now it’s time for the public to react. The public health division of Sherburne County Health and Human Services conducted the survey of residents in early 2014. The results provide the foundation for improving and promoting the health of a community, according to county officials. [...]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing Writer Political buzz is rarely as high in any party as in those years when the White House is up for grabs, but many Minnesota Democrats in particular have had little to pique their interest early in this non-presidential year 2014, said one local Senate district chairman. That happens, said Gabe [...]

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by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter Contributing Writer Otsego City Council members received an update on right-of-way negotiations with property owners affected by the 70th Street expansion project at their regular meeting on March 24. City Attorney Andrew MacArthur told the council that the owners of the 20 parcels requiring right-of-way acquisition have received written offers. Most acquisitions [...]

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Julia McDonald of Otsego has been appointed to the State Board of Physical Therapy by Gov. Mark Dayton. Her term expires Jan. 1, 2018. McDonald replaces Elizabeth Schultz.

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