Government

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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Teri Ann Flatland, of Elk River, has been appointed to the Elk River Energy City Commission as the school representative. Her term runs through Feb. 28, 2017. She was appointed by the City Council. Flatland works as a curriculum coordinator at Salk Middle School in Elk River.

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• Partnership with Anoka County puts robust electronic filing system in place here with relative ease by Jim Boyle Editor File cabinets have been disappearing from the probation department at the Sherburne County Government Center. No one is worried, though. The culprit has been the department’s successful transition to a paperless document management system, which was [...]

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• Lawmakers hear from farmers, steel  industry, Amtrak, power companies about delays on lines by Jim Boyle Editor The topic of train congestion pulled into the Minnesota Capitol on Tuesday. Lawmakers, including Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, sat through a 4 1/2-hour joint Minnesota House and Senate hearing Sept. 30 on Minnesota’s rail system, railroad [...]

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by Jeff Hage ECM Publishers Not long after Steve Karel came to the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge two years ago as its new manager, he got a visit from Sue Hix, president of the Friends of Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. That was the first time Karel heard about a need for a new education building [...]

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• Reasons (excuses) no longer needed to send in an absentee ballot for election by Nathan Sommer Murphy News Absentee voting has officially opened across the state for the Nov. 4 general election, and for the first time, registered voters are not required to provide a reason for voting early. According to Minnesota Secretary of State [...]

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by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council approved its preliminary 2015 budget at the Sept. 22 meeting after acknowledging residential property taxes will go down as a result of higher-than-expected growth. The council recognized the city’s sound management practices and commitment to keeping any levy increase lower than 4 percent. “That means property [...]

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• If chosen, MinnMed would have plans for  greenhouse operation by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Sept. 22 Otsego City Council meeting included a presentation about the plans of Minnesota Medical Solutions, LLC, to apply for one of two medical-cannabis cultivation licenses the state will issue and if successful, to locate the growing facility in Otsego. [...]

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