Government

Three people have filed for Elk River city offices so far. The candidate filing period is May 20 to June 3. Those filing as of today are John Dietz, mayor; Garrett Christianson, council member Ward 1; and Paul Motin council member Ward 4. Dietz and Motin are incumbents. Christianson is running for the council seat now held by Stewart Wilson.

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A group of people concerned about the closure of the city’s Pinewood Golf Course is pressing the Elk River City Council for some answers. Peter Kimball, spokesperson for the group, told the council Monday that the residents would like to submit a list of questions in advance and then meet [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Garrett Christianson has announced he will run for the Elk River City Council seat in Ward 1. Council Member Stewart Wilson currently holds that seat. Wilson said last month that, at that point, he wasn’t planning to seek election. Christianson said he has an interest in city government and when [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two controversial proposed future road alignments running through two Elk River parks have been deleted from the city’s 137-page draft comprehensive plan. The Elk River City Council agreed Monday to erase the alignments. The Elk River Parks and Recreation Commission had opposed them, and the issue drew a crowd to [...]

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He’s run operation that includes 21 lift stations, 77 miles of pipeline and a wastewater treatment plant  by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Since 1998, Gary Leirmoe has been quietly running the city of Elk River’s wastewater treatment system. It’s a vital, but low-profile, job. “We’re kind of out of sight and out of mind until [...]

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The City of Elk River is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Elk River  Planning Commission. There are two open seats. For more information or to request an application, call 763-635-1004. Or visit the city’s website at www.ElkRiverMN.gov, hover over “Government” and click on “Boards and Commissions.” The application is available in PDF format [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Local officials continue to press for ways to reduce congestion in Elk River. The latest wrinkle involved a meeting last month with Minnesota Department of Transporation Commissioner Charles Zelle. The meeting was arranged by Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake. Local officials who attended included Kiffmeyer, Sherburne County Conmissioner Bruce Anderson [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Sherburne County commissioners and department heads are establishing priorities for the next few years. They met in a wide-ranging, 2 1/2 hour workshop April 24 at the Elk River Library community room to drill down into a number of topics. The issues ranged from quality of life and economic vitality [...]

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