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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two commercial lots along Highway 10 have been donated to the city of Elk River. The lots are located near Joplin Street, just west of Westbound Liquor. The two 1.5-acre parcels have a total taxable market value of $261,400. Tom Hartman offered to give the lots to the city in [...]

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The late Tony Belanger has been honored as Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for August. For 30 years, Belanger was commander of the Elk River Color Guard, which includes the Legion and VFW. He conducted numerous funerals in the Elk River area, with 65 documented from 2012 to present. He ran flag retirement ceremonies [...]

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Last year the Elk River City Council, by consensus, maintained the previously existing ordinance prohibiting any type of sign placement in the city right of way. Since then city staff have implemented an education and awareness program to monitor ordinance compliance. The City Council will be discussing this ordinance at a work session that will [...]

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The Elk River City Council has approved a request to convert 36 proposed townhome units in the Kliever Lake Fields East development to 22 single-family lots. The building sizes and types will be similar to Kliever Lakes Field 4th Addition, which was approved in 2013 and converted 42 proposed townhome units into 21 detached single-family [...]

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Aaron Surratt has been hired as deputy chief of operations for the Elk River Fire Department. The position is a new one. The fire department’s 2013-2017 strategic plan included the creation of the position to oversee the department’s firefighting force, according to Fire Chief T. John Cunningham. The Elk River City Council approved hiring Surratt, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Elk River may add a new weapon to the local war on drugs. Funding for a new drug task force detective is in the city’s preliminary budget for 2015. Council members heard more about the position during a budget work session Monday and expressed some support for it. But a [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Jennifer Wagner and Paul Motin were the top finishers in the Elk River City Council Ward 4 primary election on Tuesday, and now will face off in the Nov. 4 general election. Wagner came in first with 136 votes, followed by Motin with 89 and Dennis Chuba with 82. Motin [...]

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Brian Balabon has been appointed to the Elk River Ice Arena Commission by the Elk River City Council. The term runs through Feb. 28, 2017. Balabon works in finance and accounting. Since moving to Elk River, he has volunteered to coach his children’s hockey, softball and T-ball teams. He also served as volunteer co-chairman for [...]

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