Government

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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  The Otsego City Council has agreed to add a rolling security gate to the front desk at the Prairie Center. During reconstruction, it was thought that a gate would not be necessary, as a staff member would always be present when the facility is open. Concerns have been raised that during commission and council [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Plans for a 52-unit apartment building next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station have been approved by the Elk River City Council. Duffy Development Co. in Minntonka is behind the project, called Coachman Ridge. The company also built The Depot at Elk River Station, a similar apartment complex located across [...]

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Elk River Police Officer David Windels has been promoted to patrol sergeant. Mayor John Dietz administered the oath of office to Windels at Monday’s City Council meeting. Windels is an eight-year veteran of the police department. Prior to that, he worked for the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Joseph Police Department. He has [...]

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Since the early 1990s, Dave Raymond has been promoting the arts and artists. His efforts were recognized Monday, when he was honored as Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for April. Raymond has been an active member of the Elk River Arts Alliance since its beginning and has been the organization’s chairman since 2007. His [...]

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Nine new probationary on-call firefighters have joined the Elk River Fire Department. The Elk River City Council approved their hiring Monday. They are: Jacob Collins, Garrett Erdman, Zachary Hoffman, Chad Kreuser, Joseph Libor, Sandy Meredith, Casey Neumann, Kenneth Smith and Brandon Vito. The new probationary firefighters will begin the Elk River Fire Academy, an in-house [...]

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For the 20th year in a row, Sherburne County has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The award was presented to the county by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Auditor-Treasurer Diane Arnold and audit staff members Heather Lemieux, Letta Whittaker, Loraine Rupp, Cindy Bayles, Emily [...]

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