Opinion

I am writing in response to the article in the Elk River Star News last week regarding the Elk River High School gymnasium upgrades and actions/tasks on the activities directors’ lists. I agree that the Elk River High School gymnasium upgrade looks fantastic, and the gym floor is great. However, it would be nice if [...]

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I have heard often the issues of red-light runners along Highway 169 during my 30 years of living in the Elk River area. Today, I tried to turn onto School Street from the northbound turn lane of Highway 169. There were 12 cars ahead of me. After two full cycles of signals I was still [...]

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Imagine this: Your 15-year-old son becomes seriously ill. Is it cancer or some other life-threatening disease? You whisk him off to the emergency room. Within days, you have updates on Facebook. “Billy is doing much better.” “The medicine is working!” “He’s going to be OK.” Many of us have experienced that scenario in our lives. [...]

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The millennials, ages 18-34, are forcing changes in the metropolitan area housing patterns, particularly in the first-ring suburbs and urban centers. Steve Elkins is the District 5 Metropolitan Council member, representing Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and Hopkins, who spoke to progressives recently in Bloomington. He is an economist for Optum Technology, a division of United Health [...]

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Youngsters like Kerrie Maleski, Kayley Schoonmaker, Matt Rubel and Will Tully are part of a major trend in Minnesota. They are among the growing number of students in Minnesota’s two-year community colleges. They’ve also been elected as leaders of the Minnesota State College Student Association. National research says cost and preparation for good jobs is [...]

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Sometimes we read an article and what we have read really does not sink in until later on; therefore, I am quoting so I have the correct information so you are able to form your own opinion. On Feb. 18 “the driver of a vehicle ignored flashing lights and a railroad stop arm at the [...]

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Have you noticed that reporting and reaction to crashes caused by impaired drivers on our roadways has become nonchalant? Has it become socially acceptable and we expect to hear about fatalities and significant injuries due to crashes caused by impaired drivers? Crashes that are 100 percent preventable. Not many things in life are 100 percent [...]

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I plead for everyone to use common sense. What is common sense? I believe it is thinking out the result of our actions before we act. Let us not be selfish and just think of the thrill we get from our actions. Our parents, friends and many others are affected by what we do. What [...]

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