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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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The Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District has been awarded grants to help protect and restore Minnesota’s streams, rivers, lakes and groundwater. They include: • $150,400 to reduce nitrogen leaching on cropland. • $86,250 for a Briggs Lake Chain restoration partnership. • $60,000 to implement a pasture and manure management program to reduce bacteria. • [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council has agreed to settle the issue of deferred water and sewer assessments on the Houlton Farm by reducing the amount the owners owe by $120,000. Under the plan, the city would recoup that money by renting out crop land at the farm. The Conservation Fund [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor “I think it was one of the greatest community events ever held in the city of Elk River.” That’s how Mayor John Dietz summed up Hockey Day Minnesota 2014, which drew thousands of people to the Handke Pit on Saturday, including Gov. Mark Dayton and Craig Leipold, owner of the [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A new restaurant plans to open near Walmart in Elk River. Noodles & Company will locate at 18130 Zane St. in the end unit of a multi-tenant building, according to Hunter Development Group in Arvada, Co. Noodles & Company is a “fast-casual” restaurant serving noodles, sandwiches, salads and soups inspired [...]

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The Elk River City Council voted 4-1  Tuesday to hire Visual Communications to create a wayfinding signage program for the city.  Mayor John Dietz was the lone no vote, citing a concern with the $65,000 cost. The program is designed to create a more uniform look to city signs and make it easier for visitors [...]

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Dustin Bredlow volunteers for the chamber, Meals on Wheels and United Way and for various events sponsored by The Bank of Elk River, where he works. Now he has been recognized for his efforts by being named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for January. Bredlow was honored at the Jan. 21 [...]

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