Government

For the 24th year in a row, the city of Elk River has received an award for excellence in financial reporting. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada presented the award, which is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. At the Jan. 21 [...]

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Dan Tveite has been re-elected president of the Elk River Economic Development Authority for 2014. Other officers were also re-elected at the EDA’s Jan. 21 meeting. They are Pat Dwyer, vice president; Matt Westgaard, treasurer; Paul Motin, secretary; and Bryan Provo, assistant treasurer.

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz hopes that some time this year, Elk River will become a “quiet zone” where trains don’t have to blow their horns. That drew a round of applause from people attending an Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce event on Jan. 10. Quiet zones were one [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor For the past three decades, Dave Anderson has spent countless hours improving Elk River’s park and recreation system. His volunteer efforts were recognized Monday, when the Elk River City Council voted to rename the Orono Athletic Complex the Dave Anderson Athletic Complex. Anderson said the next day that it is [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council is considering whether to hire a sign consultant. Such a consultant would help bring a consistent look to the city’s signs and craft a way-finding signage plan that would direct people to areas such as downtown, parks, landmarks, public facilities, retail areas and other amenities. [...]

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Elk River Council Member Stewart Wilson has been named acting mayor for 2014. The acting mayor performs the duties of mayor during the mayor’s absence. The position is typically rotated among council members each year.

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The Elk River Heritage Preservation Commission will begin meeting quarterly rather than monthly due to members’ work schedules and limited agenda items. The HPC will now meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of January, April, July and October.

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol Reporter One Republican fewer is running for Congress in the 6th Congressional District. Sen. John Pederson, of St. Cloud, has dropped out of the scramble to replace Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. In a statement, Pederson said he could not balance the priorities in his life and continue as a candidate. [...]

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