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Voters in the 6th Congressional District will send a new face to Washington next year. After four terms, Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann is not running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives. This has opened the door to a new field of candidates seeking the office. Tom Emmer, who received the endorsement of the [...]

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Incumbent Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney, of Elk River, is being challenged by Duwane Snyder, of Becker for her re-election bid. Each candidate responded recently to a Star News questionnaire. Their answers are shown below.   Kathleen A. Heaney                 Address: 12797 183rd Court NW, Elk River MN 55330 Age: 54 Family: Husband Edward and four children [...]

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• Domestic abuse victim tells her story before Rivers of Hope annual fundraiser (Editor’s note: This story was written by a reporter for the West Sherburne Tribune in Big Lake. Names in the article have been changed to ensure confidentiality.) by Aleah Stenberg Special to the Star News Kathleen used to live in fear. The verbal and physical abuse she endured as a victim of domestic violence included hitting, threats and made her scared to leave the house. Hiding her pain and [...]

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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer Among its business at the Oct. 13 City Council meeting, Otsego voted to forward about 140 delinquent utility accounts that total around $103,000 to the county for collection through property-tax bills. According to Council documents, the city sends utility bills on the 15th with a due date of the 8th, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Debbie Dorholt believes she had Lyme disease for about 15 years before finally getting diagnosed last year. Her suspicions were raised in 2013, when she was camping with her kids. A man at the lodge told her he thought she had Lyme disease after seeing her walk with difficulty and [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Sarah Holm, a senior at Spectrum High School in Elk River, has zeroed in on Lyme disease as the topic of her senior project. Holm said she has seen how damaging the disease can be and wants to raise awareness and improve education about it. Her best friend is a [...]

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I spoke with my friend the other day and asked if she had seen the Senate debate that took place in Duluth on Oct. 1. She said she was so busy running the kids between practices and games that she hadn’t time to pay attention to politics. I think we all can admit to being [...]

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A “Spooktacular” will run from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lions Park Center, 1104 Lions Park Dr., Elk River. Activities will include a costume contest, food, games, crafts, hayrides, trick-or-treating and more. Early bird registration by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, is $6 per child online at www.ElkRiverMN.gov or in person at Elk River Parks [...]

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• First-time event brought in about $14,000 for suicide prevention, mental health awareness by Jim Boyle Editor Before they walked, ran, biked and in-line skated, participants in the first Thumbs Up High 5K stretched, moved around to stay warm, heard speakers and released 300 yellow balloons in River’s Edge Commons Park in downtown Elk River to [...]

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