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• Would be first increase since 2000  in Sherburne County by Jim Boyle Editor After five years of authorizing a county levy with no increase or a decrease, Sherburne County Commissioners have been asked to provide some wiggle room this year. Commissioners went along with a staff recommendation to approve a 2.5 percent increase for the [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Signature parks. Enhanced trail system. Art in the park. Connections to the river. These are some of the priorities for the future that are emerging as Elk River’s first parks and recreation master plan takes shape. The plan is still being drafted, but is expected to be ready for review [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council has taken another step toward silencing train horns in the city, by determining how to pay the estimated $1.35 million cost of the “quiet zone” project. With the financing nailed down, Mayor John Dietz asked during Tuesday’s City Council meeting if quiet zones would be [...]

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The Elk River Fire Department will be holding its annual open house on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Fire Station 1, 415 Jackson Ave. The open house will include truck tours, equipment demonstrations, technical rescue demonstration, auto extrication demonstration, Connexus Energy Safety Program, Centerpoint Energy Safety Program, and antique fire [...]

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The Elk River City Council has asked Fire Chief T. John Cunningham to research some issues related to signs in the public right of way and report back by Dec. 1. Signs are not allowed in the public right of way, which is the area approximately 10 feet from the curb into the yard. The [...]

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The city of Elk River has received a grant to participate in a one-year pilot program aimed at helping the city reduce energy use. Elk River applied and was chosen by Class 5 Energy in Vadnais Heights to participate in the program.

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• Budget talks will resume on Sept. 8 and 15; final budget expected late 2014   by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Zimmerman City Council Aug. 18 briefly discussed the preliminary 2015 budget included in their packet that night and slated for discussion at the Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 regular meetings. Final approval of the [...]

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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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