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The city of Elk River hosted an open house on the Houlton Farm acquisition Wednesday at City Hall. The Trust for Public Land is in the process of buying the 335-acre farm for a conservation area open to public hunting and fishing. The farm is located along the Mississippi and Elk rivers, near the Orono [...]

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An appeal has prompted a Sept. 22 court date for the Pinewood Golf Course lawsuit to be delayed. At issue is the city of Elk River’s argument that the city has official immunity from a claim for damages by Paul and Pamela Krause, according to City Administrator Cal Portner. The Krauses sold Pinewood Golf Course [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A future roundabout proposed in eastern Elk River is drawing opposition from local trucking companies, and the city is reconsidering the matter. The roundabout is planned at the intersection of 171st Avenue and Twin Lakes Road, located between Highway 10 and the railroad tracks just south of the Northstar train [...]

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The Elk River City Council has set a maximum property tax levy of $10 million for 2015, up 2.05 percent over this year. But the levy won’t be finalized until December and there’s a possibility the council will decide not to levy the full amount of $10,056,118. “I’m hoping that we can get it lower than [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor About half a million dollars a year is needed to pay for new stormwater requirements facing the city of Elk River, and Elk River City Council members have been considering how to cover that bill. Two options have emerged: Increase the property tax levy beginning in 2016 or establish a [...]

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The general manager of Zylstra Harley-Davidson in Elk River is the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for September. Mike Matter was honored at Monday’s City Council meeting. His recent charitable and volunteer work includes: •Supported the Elk River Fourth of July celebration by sponsoring and organizing event cleanup. •Helped raise funds for [...]

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A workshop is scheduled for food service establishments and food manufacturers and processors to learn about new regulations to reduce sewer system overflows associated with fats, oils and grease used in daily operations. The workshop will run from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Elk River City Hall, Upper Town Conference Room, 13065 Orono Parkway. [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River is submitting three road projects to be considered for funding by the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The state has $25 million available statewide in Corridors of Commerce funding to pay for things like right of way acquisition, environmental studies and preliminary engineering. The primary intent is to prepare [...]

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Effective Oct. 1, the city of Elk River’s compost site drop-off hours will change to 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The compost site has experienced illegal dumping under the 24/7 accessibility, which has resulted in the decreased service hours. Use of the site is free for Sherburne County residents. The site is located near [...]

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