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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Work will start this fall on a project designed to reduce congestion on I-94 between Rogers and St. Michael. The project will cost $35 to $46 million. Bids are scheduled to be opened in May and construction is anticipated to be finished in the fall of 2015. Terry Humbert, assistant [...]

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The prolonged and severely cold winter has increased the impact frost is having on both public and private storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and water lines, causing problems with frozen lines. Standing or rising water in the lowest street drain is a sign of a frozen storm sewer or catchbasin/drain. Call the Elk River Streets Division [...]

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Colleen Eddy has been hired by the Elk River City Council as the city’s new economic development specialist. Eddy has been the president of the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for about seven years. She starts her new job with the city on March 24. Brian Beeman, Elk River’s economic development director, said they [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Transportation issues are high on the list of priorities in the area Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer represents, and that’s fine with her. “I just really enjoy working on it because I know what it means to people,” she said. “It moves jobs. It moves families. It moves tourists. It saves time, [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Alcohol continues to be the “drug of choice” for area residents. But Sherburne County Attorney Kathleen Heaney said the good news is that Sherburne County is no longer one of the deadliest counties in the state when it comes to impaired driving That was one of several trends Heaney outlined [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A subcommittee of the Elk River Heritage Preservation Commission will be formed to explore options for the restoration of the historic water tower in downtown Elk River. The Elk River City Council approved the formation of the subcommittee in a 4-0 vote Monday. The water tower, located near Jackson Avenue [...]

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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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