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• Minneapolis K-9 officer, Albertville firefighter becomes first full time chief for the department by Aaron Brom Contributing Writer The new Albertville fire chief won’t have far to drive to his new job, since Eric Bullen is an Albertville resident. Bullen not only is a resident but is also a ...Read More
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• Bullen says his top priorities will include training for fire inspections and emergency response coordination by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer Otsego, which receives firefighting service from Albertville and Elk River, officially welcomed Albertville’s new and first paid fire chief, Eric...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The city of Elk River and Sportech have reached an agreement that appears to pave the way for a company expansion. The Elk River City Council has approved a purchase agreement for the contingent sale of two lots totaling 14 acres in the city’s Nature’s Edge Busine...Read More
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• Sheer cost puts community center on back burner for City by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Zimmerman City Council approved a project proposed by local Eagle Scout candidate Branden Weber, who will install two rows of amphitheater-style seating near the fire ring in Lions (Civic) Park an...Read More
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• Boondox Bar and Grille seeking to hold an outdoor event by Debbie Griffin Contributing Writer The Otsego City Council decided at its April 13 meeting to table a decision until its April 27 meeting about granting the Boondox Bar and Grille a one-time special permit to hold an annual, outdoor, liv...Read More
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• Measure has passed in the Senate; Zerwas expects a similar vote in the Minnesota House by Jim Boyle Editor Rep. Nick Zerwas’ bill to give terminally ill patients to right to try experimental drugs not yet fully approved by the FDA cleared the Senate this week on a 60-4 vote. Zerwas, the chief...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Justin Ege has been promoted to patrol sergeant in the Elk River Police Department in the latest advancement set in motion by the December retirement of Chief Brad Rolfe. Ege took the oath of office during the April 6 Elk River City Council meeting. He replaces Darren...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor There’s a possibility that Elk River’s July 4 fireworks will return to Lake Orono in 2016. The fireworks have been launched over Lions Park — now known as Lion John Weicht Park — since 2011. But prior to that, the fireworks had been exploding over Lake Orono f...Read More
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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The city of Elk River is looking into the possibility of expanding the popular River’s Edge Commons Park in downtown. The Elk River City Council reviewed a three-phase plan and approved it in concept Monday, but has not yet given the go-ahead to proceed with any wor...Read More
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Merle and Diane Buchan have been recognized for their volunteer work in Elk River. Mayor John Dietz presented them with the Volunteer of the Month award at Monday’s City Council meeting. Merle is a volunteer at Guardian Angels and the  Meals on Wheels program. He is known as “Mr. Fixit” at Gu...Read More
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Motorists on Highway 101 in Rogers may encounter delays while each direction of the road is reduced to a single lane near the Highway 101/Interstate 94 interchange Thursday, April 23. Each direction of Highway 101 will be reduced to a single lane for approximately four hours between 9:30 a.m. and 4 ...Read More
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