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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A request for $10.5 million to fund a revitalization project at the state’s historic Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River is back before the Minnesota Legislature, which opened the 2014 session on Tuesday. The Minnesota Historical Society is asking the Legislature to support a $10.5 million capital budget request to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The city of Elk River has received word that it will not get a $2 million grant that would have helped pave the way for the Houlton Farm to become a park. The notification came from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. John Houlton, who represents the farm’s ownership group, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Sherburne County saw an uptick in home building in 2013, after several years of stagnant growth. There were 231 single-family homes built in the county last year, up from 140 a year earlier, according to the Sherburne County Building and Estimated Population Report. “Based on past performance over the last [...]

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Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, will host a transportation town hall meeting in Otsego with Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3 Assistant Engineer Terry Humbert. Humbert will give a presentation on the I-94 Corridors of Commerce expansion project and answer questions. The meeting will run from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Otsego Prairie Center, [...]

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Sherburne County Commissioner Bruce Anderson of Elk River will be joined by his colleague, Commissioner John Riebel of Becker, at a meeting at the Elk River American Legion, 525 Railroad Dr. Riebel’s district includes part of Elk River. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 1. The public is invited to attend.

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council has amended a business subsidy agreement for The Bank of Elk River, reducing the amount of property tax abatement that the bank may receive. The amendment came after the bank was unable to fully meet job creation goals set out in the original agreement, as [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Sportech will be adding a Customer Innovation Center to its operation, thanks in part to a city loan. The Elk River City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a $111,155 forgivable loan for the business, which produces aftermarket products for sporting vehicles. Sportech will use the money to help construct [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The city of Elk River approved $2 million in public sector investments in local businesses in 2013, according to the Elk River Economic Development Authority’s year-end report. That investment is resulting in 30 new jobs, $8 million in private investment attracted, $6 million in taxable value added and 139,350 square [...]

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