Opinion

It was almost appropriate that I woke up Monday morning to the sound of rain falling outside my window. Our final performance for “Annie” was Sunday, and I woke up feeling a bit sad. I already miss the many great friends I made during the show. The hugs, laughter and high-fives we shared backstage were [...]

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What can be more American than the American flag, apple pie and garage sales? In the city of Elk River, the flag and pie are OK, but garage sales are another matter! They do not want the tax-paying residents of the city cluttering up the boulevards with unsightly signs. Not only are garage sales fun, [...]

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It has been on my heart to write for a few months concerning the next generation of sports and activity scheduling, and then two wonderful columns related to this matter appeared in the opinion section of the Star News. The first was a letter to dads on the fate of the next generation and the [...]

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On behalf of the city of Elk River and the Public Works and Parks Maintenance divisions, I wish to offer my most sincere thanks to The Bank of Elk River, Cub Foods, Von Hanson’s Meats, Steve’s Elk River Nursery and the Elk River Police Department Reserves, for their generous support of our Maintenance Facility Open [...]

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There’s a big juggling act going on in suburban communities like Elk River as parents try to balance their kids’ sports participation with other important family activities. This is particularly the case with parents who have youngsters who play tournaments on weekends. Often parents are forced to choose between either having their kids play ball [...]

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It was about 14 years ago when the topic of youth athletics on Sundays was brought to my attention by Cedric Olson, then senior pastor of Central Lutheran Church in Elk River. I couldn’t help but think what a terrible message we send to children when we place a higher value on sports than religion. [...]

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Two years ago at the Baldwin annual meeting, outgoing Chairman Jeff Holm made a passionate appeal for more road preservation money. The then just elected new Town Board Member Kim Good made a motion to increase taxes 25 percent, saying it was a “nice round number.” Taxpayers added $100,000 to the roads levy with the [...]

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Not unlike most people, I spend a lot of time in my car driving hither and yon. Mostly, I cart my children to and from activities like baseball, gymnastics and swimming. Usually, I am thinking about important things, like what’s for dinner? Or what meeting or deadline is coming up? Mentally, I check things off [...]

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