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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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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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