Star News http://erstarnews.com The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:14:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 JoAnne Elizabeth Thomas http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/joanne-elizabeth-thomas/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/joanne-elizabeth-thomas/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:14:02 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782174 JoAnne   Elizabeth  Thomas

JoAnne Elizabeth Thomas, age 71 of Big Lake, passed away at her home on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
Visitation will be Monday, November 24, 2014 from 1-2 p.m. at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 East Broadway, Monticello. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. There will be a private interment. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-GHrimsmo Chapel of Monticello.
JoAnne was born on June 4, 1943 in Maple Lake Township to Clayton and Violet (Borst) Martie. She attended school in both Big Lake and Elk River, and married her high school sweetheart, Leon Thomas 54 years ago. She loved to crochet and create woodwork crafts. She also enjoyed gardening and watching and caring for birds.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clayton and Violet Martie; step-father Charles Perrigin; and her son Joseph.
JoAnne is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Leon; sons Leon J. (Tammy) Thomas of Big Lake, Brad (Angie) Thomas of Becker; six grandchildren, Jessica Thomas (Jamie Lutxke), Chad Thomas (Sarah), Ross (Jen) Thomas, Heather Thomas (Josh Durushia), Tara (Dustin) Steiner, and Tyler Thomas; seven great-grandchildren Haylee, Addison, Kylie, Brayden, Landon, Tucker and Colt; sister Betty (Larry) Thomas; and many nieces and nephews.

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‘The Music Man’ is arriving in Zimmerman this weekend http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/the-music-man-is-arriving-in-zimmerman-this-weekend/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/the-music-man-is-arriving-in-zimmerman-this-weekend/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:26:04 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782163 Parker Sturlaugson as Prof. Harold Hill puts on his marching outfit and goes into his sales pitch. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

Parker Sturlaugson as Prof. Harold Hill puts on his marching outfit and goes into his sales pitch. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

Parker Sturlaugson as Prof. Harold Hill and Olivia Hanson as Marion the librarian head the cast as Zimmerman High School presents “The Music Man” this weekend.

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

“This is a delightful musical for the whole family,” said director Jon Palshewski about this longtime favorite.

Townspeople sing "You oughta give Iowa a try" in the number called "Iowa Stubborn."

Townspeople sing “You oughta give Iowa a try” in the number called “Iowa Stubborn.”

It’s the jaunty tale of a conniving salesman (Sturlaugson) who arrives in a small Iowa town by train — there’s a fun opening scene with actors simulating bumpy train travel — to make a quick buck by hoodwinking the locals into starting a band so he can sell them uniforms and instruments, only to be challenged, and smitten, by the local librarian/piano teacher (Hanson).

Among the many catchy tunes is “76 Trombones,” the first big number.

Mayor Shinn (xxxx) and wife Euralee (xxxx) on July 4 in River City.

Mayor Shinn (Nolan Cameron) and wife Eulalee (Alexa Mulyaert) on July 4 in River City.

Nolan Cameron and Alexa Mulyaert play Mayor Shinn and wife Eulalie. Heather Nagengast is their daughter Zaneet and Michael Shaver is her crush, Tommy.

Madelyn Muckenhirn is Marion’s mom, and Joey Kirk is kid brother Winthrop. Josh Freeman is Harold’s sidekick Marcellus Washburn, sidekick of Harold. Friends of Eulalie are played by Delaney Wilder, Deanna Schultz, Jessica Hodge, and Cassy Boucher.  The school board/quartet is played by Joey Briggs and faculty members Lance Dalbey, Jeff Downing, and Jon Palashewski.

Marion Paroo, who complicates things for Harold Hill, is played by Olivia Hanson.

Marion Paroo, who complicates things for Harold Hill, is played by Olivia Hanson.

Also appearing in ensembles are Lindsay Bennett, Emma Anderson, Hannah Husted, Linny Briggs, Lauren Anderson, Brandon Schnellmann, Sydney Hicks, Alexis Larson, Karissa Heyer, Hailee Peterson, Anna Lokhorst, Julia Petron, Andrea Ruether, Tyler Aderman, and Grace Guentzel.

Palashewski is assisted by Laura Berghuis and tech director Amy Cunningham.  Tech students include Seth Conklin, Alex Weber, Tia Miller, Karli Williams, Lee Muellenbach, Megan Lewis, Summer Spence-Decker, Taylor Johnson, Natalie Borg, Emily Van Wyhe, Ellie Palashewski, Abby Wisness, and Sophia Smith.

“The cast and crew are a good mix of experienced actors and tech people with a great influx of new people,” said Palshewski. “Practices have gone well and students have worked hard to produce an excellent show.”

A lively discussion on the train to River City.

A lively discussion on the train to River City.

Tickets are available at the door 40 minutes before each performance.  People are encouraged to arrive early as seating is limited.

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Wastewater plant expansion underway http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/wastewater-plant-expansion-underway/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/wastewater-plant-expansion-underway/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:50:38 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782161 Work is underway on an $18 million expansion and upgrade to Elk River’s wastewater treatment plant.

The project will increase the facility’s capacity for average wet weather flow from 2.2 million gallons to 4.54 millions gallons per day, according to Matt Stevens, chief wastewater operator. The project will also increase the plant’s ability to meet mandated discharge limits, he said.

Rice Lake Construction broke ground on the 700-day project in October.

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Big day: CAER receives van and record donations http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/big-day-caer-receives-van-and-record-donations/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/big-day-caer-receives-van-and-record-donations/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:46:01 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782156 In an ironic twist of fortune, the Community Aid Elk River food shelf took possession of the 2014 Ford Transit Connect van it won in a nationwide contest at the same time its supporters were busy helping CAER raise more than $12,000, its highest donation level ever on “Give to the Max Day.”

“This year has been full of surprises,” said Carmen Pouliot, CAER’s executive director. “When we entered the contest for the Transit Connect van I don’t think any of us actually thought we would be accepting the keys to the vehicle four months later. Ironically, we held the presentation ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13, which was also ‘Give to the Max Day.’”

CAER supporters celebrated as the keys to a new van were presented.

CAER supporters celebrated as the keys to a new van were presented. Photo by Karen Barta

Pouliot said the contest for the van piqued the interest of the whole community.

“It was so much fun. It seemed like everyone knew about it and they asked us, ‘have you won the van yet’ or after we won, they wanted to know if we had the van yet. All I can say is wow and thank you! We are so humbled by the support CAER receives.  This community truly does give to the max,” she said.

CAER had learned in September that it won the van in a national contest sponsored by Ford.

The Elk River non profit was one of four finalists chosen by Ford to vie for the cargo van. Each had pieced together a video to illustrate the difference the grand prize would make in each contestant’s community of influence. To win, CAER had to garner the most votes on a webpage featuring the four videos.

 The van was on display in Cornerstone’s showroom.

The van was on display in Cornerstone’s showroom. Photo by Joni Astrup

CAER finished with 4,809 votes to 4,663 votes for its closest challenger.

The van was presented to CAER in a ceremony at Cornerstone Automotive in Elk River last Thursday.

Anne Nelson, of Cornerstone Automotive, said the community came together to support CAER’s effort to win the van.

Businesses, other non-profits, the Elk River Rotary, Sherburne County Area United Way and others all helped.

“It was grassroots,” she said.

Cornerstone Automotive’s Rob Powell presented the van’s keys to Pouliot, as CAER supporters looked on. He also told her that Cornerstone will do the van’s regular maintenance and provide car washes.

CAER remodels to meet increased needs

Meanwhile, CAER has been the recent recipient of grants, rebates and awards from Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, Elk River Municipal Utilities and the Elk River Rotary Club.  These monies have enabled CAER to begin a major remodeling of its facility to accommodate the increase in the number of families who use CAER.

The number of families coming to CAER has increased dramatically over the last few years, according to Pouliot.

During this October alone, more than 700 households came to CAER for food. That number includes 131 senior citizens and 953 children. CAER is also on track to exceed the 790,000 pounds of food it distributed in 2013.

“We are anxious to finish the remodeling,” said Pouliot. “The new space will help us improve the selection of and the efficiency with which we distribute food from our facility.  We have installed a new and larger walk-in freezer and reconfigured the shopping area to make it easier for clients to shop. We will soon have a five-door cooler which will allow us to purchase and store fresh produce longer. We want to offer our families the opportunity to select more nutritious and healthier foods. Our new and improved space will help us do that.”

The new van, along with the remodeling, will allow CAER to reach further into the community to meet hunger where it exists.

“The van will give us the means to help our clients overcome the obstacle that lack of transportation presents,” said Pouliot. “We plan to expand the Kidz Kitz summer program in Zimmerman and we are working on a plan to bring the food shelf to our senior clients by using the van as a mobile food shelf.”

John Norgren is one of CAER’s volunteers who will be driving the new van. In the past he’s used his own vehicle when volunteering for CAER.

Norgren said he was happy about the new van and looking forward to using it.

He was at Cornerstone Auto to see CAER take possession of the vehicle, and planned to drive it out of the dealership that day and go pick up a load of turkeys.

As CAER continues to reach into the community to fight hunger, of course all of this takes resources which is why CAER is so thrilled with this year’s “Give to the Max Day” results.

“It’s almost as if the entire community came together to provide the resources CAER will need to meet the next challenge in the fight against hunger. We cannot thank everyone enough,” Pouliot said.

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Local group plans to open resource center for homeless youth http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/local-group-plans-to-open-resource-center-for-homeless-youth/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/20/local-group-plans-to-open-resource-center-for-homeless-youth/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:50:49 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782143 by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Local organizers are working to open a resource center for homeless youth in Elk River early next year.

Marilyn Olson (left) and Cheryl Wold of Open Doors for Youth posed with a prop that they use to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness. The sleeping bag and profile represent one homeless youth. They have 15 of them, representing the average number of homeless youth that arrive at a drop-in center in Anoka each day.

Marilyn Olson (left) and Cheryl Wold of Open Doors for Youth posed with a prop that they use to call attention to the issue of youth homelessness.
The sleeping bag and profile represent one homeless youth. They have 15 of them, representing the average number of homeless youth that arrive at a drop-in center in Anoka each day.

Called Open Doors for Youth, the drop-in center will be open 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will be for youth ages 16-21 primarily from throughout the Elk River Area School District.

The center will offer a variety of resources, including help getting housing, employment and education as well as legal assistance referrals, clothing, groceries (provided by the local Community Aid Elk River food shelf), gas cards, computer and Internet access, laundry facilities, sleeping bags and an evening meal. It will be staffed by trained volunteers.

The goal is to open the center in February.

Cheryl Wold, of Elk River, chairs the Open Doors For Youth Leadership Team. She said the team has been meeting weekly for the last 18 months and recently signed a lease for a four-office suite in a building at 544 Third St., next to the old post office.

In the coming months, that space will be transformed into the resource center for homeless youth.

“This is a leap of faith,” Wold said.

They have been laying the ground work, however, for some time.

Marilyn Olson, vice chair of Open Doors for Youth Leadership Team, said they have been networking and visiting with other homeless youth programs a number of times as they prepare to launch the Elk River site. Those programs include Hope 4 Youth in Anoka and Oasis for Youth in Bloomington.

Wold said people often ask her if there are homeless youth in Elk River. She said there are. Some sleep on the couch at a friend’s house. Others sleep in cars, abandoned buildings and parks.

The Open Doors for Youth logo.

The Open Doors for Youth logo.

Wold said it’s not a highly visible population because, unlike homeless adults, homeless youth typically try to keep their homeless situation hidden from their peers. She calls it “an invisible reality in our community.”

There are many reasons for homelessness among youth.

“Probably the largest one is the family of origin is not a safe place for them to stay,” Wold said, due to things like physical and sexual abuse and drug and alcohol dependency. Poverty can also be a factor.

Other homeless youth leave the foster care system and think they can thrive on their own, but are unable to do so.

“It’s very hard to make it on your own at 18 these days,” Wold said. “It’s a dangerous place out there. These youth are really, really vulnerable.”

Wold said both the food shelf in Elk River and a local family shelter program have encountered homeless youth, but neither is specifically equipped for that population. Homeless youth from the Elk River area have also shown up at the Hope 4 Youth drop-in center in Anoka, Wold said.

‘Something has to be done’

Open Doors for Youth has incorporated as a nonprofit and applied for 501(c)(3) status. In the meantime, the Sherburne County Area United Way is acting as the organization’s fiscal agent.

After securing the 501(c)(3) status, Wold said they will be actively pursuing grant funding. Until then, they are strictly relying on donations. Total first-year expenses are estimated at $27,300. That includes $14,400 for rent and utilities, $4,600 in other operating expenses and one-time start-up costs of $8,300.

Wold, a retired giftware designer who once worked as an art teacher, is joined on the Open Doors for Youth Leadership Team by Olson, a retired band director at Salk Middle School in Elk River, and Cindy Ley, Laurie Lang and LuAnn Suilmann.

Wold said she and others first learned about the problem of youth homelessness in Minnesota when attending a conference nearly a decade ago. There she learned that there are more than 2,000 homeless youth in Minnesota but shelter beds for only 108. Wold said she was told that the homeless youth in Minneapolis are sometimes given bus passes so they can ride the bus throughout the night to be safe and warm.

She found that troubling and for the last 2 1/2 years has been working with Olson and the others to open a resource center in Elk River.

Olson said the 16- to 21-year-old homeless population has been virtually forgotten.

“It’s not anyone’s fault,” Olson said. “It’s just they’re not the cute little kids, they’re not the families, they’re not the vets, and they don’t want to be seen. We’ve just let them fall through the cracks.”

You can’t realize that and not do anything about it, she said.

Wold agreed.

“Once you know this exists, there’s no turning back,” Wold said. “Something has to be done.”

Informational meeting set Dec. 4 at library

A meeting where people can learn more about Open Doors for Youth will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Elk River Library meeting room, 13020 Orono Parkway, Elk River.

To become an Open Doors for Youth volunteer, fill out a volunteer application form available online at www.opendoorsforyouth.org.

To donate to Open Doors for Youth, make checks payable to Sherburne County Area United Way with Open Doors for Youth on the memo line and mail to Sherburne County Area United Way, 231 Main St. NW, Elk River, MN 55330. Donations are tax deductible.

Groups interested in organizing a drive for specific items for Open Doors for Youth, such as clothing, hygiene products or gas and gift cards, should email MarilynO.opendoors@gmail.com or call 763-241-9122.

For more information about Open Doors for Youth, go to www.opendoorsforyouth.org, call 763-241-0199, email MarilynO.opendoors@gmail.com or check the Open Doors for Youth Facebook page.

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North Star offers a two-fer: 1960’s and 2014 casts for ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/north-star-theatre-offers-a-two-fer-1960s-and-2014-casts-for-the-best-christmas-pageant-ever/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/north-star-theatre-offers-a-two-fer-1960s-and-2014-casts-for-the-best-christmas-pageant-ever/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:13:20 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782133 The green cast (1960s) Herdman siblings, cooking up trouble. From left, Ryan Czech, Cailin Conrad, Isaac Branjord, Tia Mitchell, Sheldon Musgjerd, Joey Musgjerd. (Photo by Melissa Kolyar)

The green cast (1960s) Herdman siblings, cooking up trouble. From left, Ryan Czech, Cailin Conrad, Isaac Branjord, Tia Mitchell, Sheldon Musgjerd, Joey Musgjerd. (Photo by Melissa Kolyar)

 

by Bruce Strand, Arts editor

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a comedy about a church play invaded by a brood of uproarious brats, will open Friday, presented by North Star Family Theatre.

In an interesting twist, it will be presented by two different casts in two different eras.

A group of children in the 1960's cast.

Children from the 1960’s cast — Katelyn Kolyar, Lauren Thiesen, Avery Schirmers, and Erin O’Neal. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

“The green cast is set in the 1960s, with scenes in the ‘soda shop’ and 1960s costuming,” said Eileen Anderson, director. “The red cast is set in 2014, with scenes in Starbucks, modernized dialogue, costuming, and so on.”

The 1960s Bradleys, right, played by Jessi Goins and Jamie Cassidy, look dismayed when Grace learns she has to direct the play. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The 1960s Bradleys, right, played by Jessi Goins and Jamie Cassidy, look dismayed when Grace learns she has to direct the play. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Central characters are the nice Bradley family and the six incorrigible Herdman siblings.

Grace Bradley gets roped into directing the play and her reluctant hubby has to help. The green (1960’s) cast has Aleah Stenberg and Russ Branjord as the parents and Averi Schirmers and Eli Branjord as the kids. The red (2014) cast has Jessi Goins, Jamie Cassidy, Shelby Swenson and Keegan Goins.

The Herdmans, who normally don’t go to church, or anywhere else with polite society, decide to force their way in when they hear about free snacks.

Their ringleader is Imogene, played by Cailin Conrad (green) and Lizzie Inselmann (red). Other green cast Herdmans are Ryan Czech, Isaac Branjord, Joey Musgjerd, Sheldon Musgjerd and Elia Flynn. Other red cast siblings are Matthew Nelson, Branjord, Carter Kurth, Cochise Stokes and Tia Mitchell.

Not much goes right in rehearsals. In fact, they had to call in fire trucks once. Say what you want about the Herdman kids, but they are never dull.

The busybody “church ladies” keep  everything lively on the set, too, said Anderson.

“They are hilarious, and each cast tries to outdo the other with everything from costuming to line interpretation,” said the director, about Mrs Armstrong (Sandi McAllister and Leanne Musgjerd),  Mrs Slocum  (Cheryl Hathaway and  Cindy Inselman),  Mrs. Clausing (Vicki Nelson),  and Mrs. McCarthy (Cheryl Netka and Angie Cassidy).

“Most have children that are also in the show,” she added,” and are delighted to be sharing the stage with them. Truth be told, I think that they may be having more fun than their kids.”

 

The 2014 Bradleys are played by Aleah Stenberg and Russ Branjord. (Photo by Melissa Kolyar)

The 2014 Bradleys are played by Aleah Stenberg and Russ Branjord. (Photo by Melissa Kolyar)

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER
(at Little Theatre, ERHS)

 

Lizzie Inselmann as Imogene, playing Mary in the pageant, softening considerably as she holds baby Jesus. (Photo by Melissa Kolyar)

Lizzie Inselmann as Imogene, playing Mary in the pageant, softening considerably as she holds baby Jesus. (Photo by Melissa Kolyar)

Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 28, 2 & 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2 & 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2 & 6 p.m.

TICKETS 

Early bird prices are adult $14, senior $13, youth $12. Discounted family four-packs available. See nstartheatre.org.

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Eder / Granning http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/eder-granning/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/eder-granning/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:14:43 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782125 Eder / Granning

Rick and Michelle Eder, Paul and Patti Granning and Mila Jo Granning are happy to announce Megan Eder and Kyle Granning were married on Sept. 27, 2014 in Walker, MN.
Megan and Kyle are both graduates of Elk River High School and are residing in Elk River.

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CAER volunteer honored by city http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/caer-volunteer-honored-by-city/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/caer-volunteer-honored-by-city/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:30:43 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782120 Eric Waldoch, of Elk River, started the CAER food shelf’s car repair program in 2003, and continues to faciliate it today.

Elk River Mayor John Dietz (right) congratulated Eric Waldoch.

Elk River Mayor John Dietz (right) congratulated Eric Waldoch.

For that and several other volunteer efforts, Waldoch has been named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for November. He was honored at Monday’s City Council meeting.

In addition to his work with CAER, Waldoch is past president and current annual conference chair of the Minnesota Technology Engineering Educators Association. In 2010, he served as the conference registration chair for the International Technology Engineering Educators Association, held at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Waldoch was the trustee chair at Elk River United Methodist Church for 12 years and continues to serve as a trustee.

He is vice president of the Sherburne County Swampbucks, a chapter of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association.

He also repairs motorized equipment for the Elk River Sportsman’s Club and worked at the youth days.

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New lighting saves electricity, money http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/new-lighting-saves-electricity-money/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/new-lighting-saves-electricity-money/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:15:53 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782112 by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

The Salvation Army Family Store in Elk River has converted to energy-efficient LED lighting, which will save nearly $10,000 a year in electrical costs.

Keeley Johnson worked under the new lighting at the Salvation Army Family Store in Elk River.

Keeley Johnson worked under the new lighting at the Salvation Army Family Store in Elk River.

Located in a former grocery store at 321 Baldwin Ave., the Salvation Army Family Store had been illuminated by 59-watt T12 fluorescent lamps. The 278 fixtures were converted to Green Miser LED tubes. In all, nearly a mile of LED tubes were installed, according to Andre Chouinard and Rudy Thibodeau of Majestic Custom Electric in Ramsey.

Parking lot lights were also upgraded. Six 400-watt high pressure sodium lamps were replaced with 121-watt Green Miser LED retrofit kits.

All told, the changes cut the store’s energy consumption from 196,990 kilowatt hours to 100,657 kilowatt hours, which translates to almost $800 a month in savings on the store’s electric bill.

New lighting illuminates the Salvation Army Family Store in Elk River.

New lighting illuminates the Salvation Army Family Store in Elk River.

The new lights also reduce the store’s carbon dioxide footprint by 160,000 pounds and eliminate 24,000 milligrams of mercury, Chouinard said.

The new LED store lighting is about twice as bright than the old and the LED tubes should last for eight to nine years before needing changing, Thibodeau said.

Elk River  Municipal Utilities, the store’s electricity provider, contributed more than $6,000 in the form of an energy savings rebate to the project.

Running the store efficiently helps the Salvation Army as a whole.

Jack Kinney, director of operations for the Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center in Minneapolis, said the thrift store helps pay for the Adult Rehabilitation Center.

The Elk River store is the second-highest producing store of the 10 in the Twin Cities area, Kinney said. This year it has the highest percent sales gain as well.

The store is managed by Rian LaFrance.

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Elk River Fire Department is recruiting firefighters http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/elk-river-fire-department-is-recruiting-firefighters/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/19/elk-river-fire-department-is-recruiting-firefighters/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:30:54 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782106 The Elk River Fire Department is recruiting on-call firefighters. Applications can be downloaded at www.ElkRiverMN.gov/Fire and are due by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 .

No prior training or experience is necessary.  Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, have a valid Minnesota driver’s license and live within eight minutes of an Elk River fire station.  Additional information is provided in the application packet. Call Deputy Chief Aaron Surratt at 763-635-1106 with questions.

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