Government

After months of review, the city of Elk River is tentatively looking at increasing the property tax levy by 1.66 percent in 2015. Notices that were sent to property owners showed a maximum levy increase of 2.05 percent, but the city has trimmed that down. The city’s overall tax rate is projected to decrease approximately […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor A recount has confirmed incumbent Ewald Petersen’s victory over Erv Danielowski in the race for the District 2 seat on the Sherburne County Board of Commissioners. Danielowski, who lost by 32 votes on election night, called for the recount and will pick up the tab for the cost of it. Danielowski’s […]

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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Zimmerman City Council talked at its Nov. 17 meeting about snow plowing and parking restrictions after Public Works Director Dave Horvath said the storm a week earlier had dumped 13 inches of snow and brought about 20 complaint calls. “It’s very hard for us to do a nice job […]

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Work is underway on an $18 million expansion and upgrade to Elk River’s wastewater treatment plant. The project will increase the facility’s capacity for average wet weather flow from 2.2 million gallons to 4.54 millions gallons per day, according to Matt Stevens, chief wastewater operator. The project will also increase the plant’s ability to meet […]

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A permit has been approved for a Japanese restaurant seeking to locate in Elk River. The City Council voted 5-0 Monday to approve a conditional use permit for Hajime Restaurant. The restaurant will be located in an existing multi-tenant building at 18850 Dodge St., just north of Perkins. There will be seating for 60.

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No recount will be held in the Elk River City Council Ward 1 race. Jerry Olsen won the contest, beating Garrett Christianson by 29 votes, 875 to 846, in the Nov. 4 election. A candidate could request a recount, at city expense, if the difference between the votes cast for him and the winning candidate […]

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The city of Elk River has received a “letter of interest” from one party interested in two new lots in the city’s Nature’s Edge Business Center. The lots are in the center’s second addition, which is on pace to open next spring. Jeremy Barnhart said the letter of interest has come before the streets are […]

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Frattalone Companies in St. Paul has been awarded a $137,445 bid to dredge stormwater ponds near the Orono Dam and at the northwest corner of Highland and Jackson in Elk River. In their current condition, the ponds are at or near their treatment effectiveness, according to City Engineer Justin Femrite. Frattalone will remove and dispose […]

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In a sign of the times, the Elk River City Council has reduced the required number of vehicle stacking spaces for bank drive-through lanes from five to two per lane. The change reflects an increase in on-line banking and direct deposit. City Planner Chris Leeseberg said 62 percent of people were banking on-line in 2011, […]

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