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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor It’s back to the drawing board for the consultant working on sign designs for the city of Elk River. A majority of City Council members weren’t wild about either of the two options presented and decided Monday to meet with the consultant, Visual Communications, to come up with a third design option. [...]

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A long-time Guardian Angels volunteer has been named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for October. Jane Houlton has been extensively involved with Guardian Angels and currently still serves on the board of directors – and has been for more than 25 years – and the Fundraising Committee. She also is the [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz describes himself as a “homegrown product.” He grew up in Elk River, as did his wife, Jayne, and their two daughters. “Next to my family, the city of Elk River is the most important thing in my life,” Dietz said during a candidate forum Saturday [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River City Council Member Paul Motin is being challenged by Jennifer Wagner in Ward 4. Both participated in a candidate forum Saturday at Elk River City Hall. The forum was sponsored by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Elk River Citizens League. Wagner described herself as [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two candidates running for an open seat on the Elk River City Council squared off Saturday at a forum. Garrett Christianson and Jerry Olsen are running for the Ward 1 seat now held by Stewart Wilson. Wilson was appointed in February 2013 to serve out the term vacated by Nick [...]

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The Elk River City Council has recognized Oct. 5-11 as Public Power Week. Elk River Municipal Utilities, in its 67th year operating as a municipally owned public power utility, and in its 99th year operating since incorporation, is also celebrating the week. This national event is sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association. There are [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Plans are moving ahead to turn the Houlton Farm in Elk River into a publicly owned conservation area, despite a concern about hunting regulations. The Elk River City Council voted 4-1 Monday to approve a donation agreement between The Trust for Public Land and the city. The Trust for Public [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two options have emerged for signs that will guide people in and around Elk River in the coming decades. The Elk River City Council considered the two plans Monday before directing consulting firm Visual Communications to report back with an estimate of the cost of the signs under both options [...]

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Aaron Surratt has been sworn in as the Elk River Fire Department’s first deputy chief of operations. Mayor John Dietz administered the oath of office to Surratt at Monday’s City Council meeting. Surratt is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department’s on-call firefighting force. Prior to Elk River, Surratt worked with the West [...]

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