Opinion

The City Council and the mayor are making a mistake by closing Pinewood Golf Course. They are also reneging on a contract made by the Elk River City Council. City officials say the value of the land has decreased from the time the purchase was made. They say the city is losing $82,000 per year [...]

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Access to critical data protected at state Legislature We at ECM Publishers recently told you about a bill regarding public access to critical data that was waiting for the governor’s signature. Senate File 1770 had already received unanimous support in the House and the Senate. Known as the Timberjay bill, it would require that all [...]

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Dare we say Hero, a golden Labrador retriever, is the “paws” that refreshes, cuddles and calms students at Eastview Elementary School in the Lakeville school district? For part of each school day, Hero, a trained service dog, walks on a leash with one of four trained handlers and does his part to make education more [...]

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Thank you to all in attendance at the Memorial Day Program at Elk River Lions Park on May 26, 2014. The music and songs were inspirational; the scheduled speakers did a great job. The weather was great. The Boy Scouts posted the colors on the stage as well as flags representing all branches of the [...]

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I cannot tell you how much I truly appreciate your honoring my request to publish the Honor Guards Memorial Day schedule for the cemetery visitations on the front page of the Star News. Wow! That was beautiful! You truly made our citizens aware of the day. Your paper does [...]

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I wanted to commend the people of Elk River for continuing to keep up the tradition of the Memorial Day Services. I was fortunate to attend on Monday and witnessed an unsung hero. It was a beautiful, albeit, warm day, full of wonderful sunshine. A young Boy Scout was sitting in attendance up on the [...]

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One of the first things that attracted me to Elk River was the beautiful little par 3 golf course called Pinewood. The fairways and large greens were so well taken care of and the schedule of events, instruction and opportunities for leagues for all ages was impressive. I have golfed many golf courses in my [...]

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I am so sad to think that Pinewood will close. This is an area that is used by so many of our residents. It is not only the seniors and the youth that use this wonderful golf course, but everyone that wants to enjoy a quick game of golf. I loved seeing young adults pulling [...]

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Ever wonder about the financial details of a government contract with a private business? You know, the details that force you to foot the bill for the project as a taxpayer? And what about the trickle down factor when the main contractor hires sub-contractors for major components of the job? Might you also be interested [...]

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