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. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:32:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cross country: Elks, Thunder, Royals have state entrants Saturday http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/31/cross-country-elks-thunder-royals-have-state-entrants-saturday/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/31/cross-country-elks-thunder-royals-have-state-entrants-saturday/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 06:32:29 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778399 The Star News area will be well-represented at the state cross country meet on Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.

The Elk River boys team will run en masse, having captured the Section 7AA championship. They will be among 16 teams (section champions and runners-up) in Class AA starting 1 p.m. Lucas Trapp, Elk junior, placed 20th last year. The Elk section lineup also had Zach Glasgow, Christian Leonard, Bradley Beaver, Peyton Holmes, Tyler Hudson and Cory Warner.

Also in the boys Class AA race will be Rogers qualifiers Tyler Bethke and Caleb Burke, both seniors in their first state meet.

Eighth-graders Cheresa Bouley of Zimmerman and Annika Carr of Elk River will run in the girls Class AA race at 2 p.m.

Wayzata is the defending state champion for both boys and girls Class AA. The Wayzata boys and Willmar girls are ranked No. 1. The Wayzata girls, who’ve won the last two state meets, are ranked No. 2.

In Class A, the Perham boys have won the last two titles and are back but not ranked in the top 10. Martin County West is top-ranked. The Annandale girls are defending champions and ranked No. 2 behind Trinity at River Ridge. Class A boys will run at 10 a.m. and Class A girls at 11 a.m.

The only individual champion back is Alexandria junior Bethany Hasz in Class AA girls. Three 2012 runners-up are back to try claim the top spot: Connor Olson of Wayzata in Class AA, and Waseca’s Shane Streich and St. Paul Academy’s Mary Nass in Class A.

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Swimming: Elks hosting section meet Friday, Saturday http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/swimming-elks-hosting-section-meet-friday-saturday/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/swimming-elks-hosting-section-meet-friday-saturday/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:42:10 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778397 Elk River and Rogers swimmers and divers will host Section 7AA at VandenBerge this Friday (swimming prelims at 4 p.m.) and Saturday (diving at noon, swimming finals 4 p.m.).

The Elks hope to have multiple state qualifiers, after completing a 6-2-1 dual meet season. Swimmers on the team who qualified for state last year are Jessica Young, Taylor Odegard, Hannah Johnson and Samantha Hendricks.

Krista Kovar, who was the team’s top diver before being injured during warmups of a meet Sept. 30, is hoping to return for sectionals but had not cleared concussion protocol as of early this week. Katie Hartneck, Allissa George and Sheridan Christianson are the others slated to dive.

The state meet will be held Wednesday through Friday at the University of Minnesota.

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ERHS band musician honors announced http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/erhs-band-musician-honors-announced/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/erhs-band-musician-honors-announced/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:36:58 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778391 The ERHS Wind Symphony flute section at the Halloween Concert on Monday included (from left) Ivana Arrington, Izzy Hinseth, Katie VanCamp and Emily Sederstrom. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The ERHS Wind Symphony flute section at the Halloween Concert on Monday included (from left) Ivana Arrington, Izzy Hinseth, Katie VanCamp and Emily Sederstrom. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

Elk River High School band director John Rosner announced at the Halloween Concert on Monday evening that the following students have earned honors during the first two months of school.

All-Northwest Suburban Conference —Katie Gingras (trombone), Sam Gearou (trombone), Jake Griffiths (trombone), Rohan Willoughby (tuba), Jakie Studniski (oboe), Alexis MacArthur (bassoon), Zach Griffiths (percussion), Emily Sederstrom (flute), Katie Van Camp (flute), Josh Gearou (alto sax)

St. Olaf honor band — Sederstrom, Elizabeth Stevens (bass clarinet)

St. Thomas honor band — Ivana Arrington (piccolo), Sederstrom, Van Camp, Jesse McCormick (alto sax), Carter Strunk (trumpet), Sydney Heinen (trumpet), Griffiths, Owen Kallunki (tuba), MacArthur

Winona honor band — Arrington, Van Camp, Studniski, MacArthur

UM-Duluth honor band — Sederstrom, Van Camp, Strunk, Griffiths, Studniski, MacArthur, Stevens

MN Music Educators Assn. All-state — Maddy Sorenson (clarinet)

Musician of the month — Joel Alfbveby (bari sax), Kory Esterberg (percussion)

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ERHS and NW Suburban bands present ‘One Wicked Halloween’ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/erhs-and-nw-suburban-bands-present-one-wicked-halloween/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/erhs-and-nw-suburban-bands-present-one-wicked-halloween/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:22:49 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778379 Let's hear it for the Wind Symphony, says director John Rosner, dressed as Zorro. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

Let’s hear it for the Wind Symphony, says director John Rosner, dressed as Zorro. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

 

The Elk River High School band kicked off its concert season with their always popular annual Halloween Concert, again in conjunction with the adult North Suburban Concert Band, on Monday evening, with John Rosner directing both, at Zabee Theatre.

"Flapper" Margorie Simon on percussion for the North Suburban Band.

“Flapper” Margorie Simon on percussion for the North Suburban Band.

We didn't catch her name, but this young lady won a costume prize as Malificent.

We didn’t catch her name, but this young lady won a costume prize as Malificent.

“One Wicked Halloween” started with ERHS Wind Symphony entertaining with “Who’s That Masked Man,” “Palladio,” “The Headless Horseman” and “Frozen.”

The NSCB kept the energy going with “Imperial March,” “Incantation,” “Russian Sailor’s Dance” and “Procession of the Sorcerers.”

Teaming up as Rebel Mass Band, they closed with “Rats, Bats and Spiders,” and “Star Wars Medley.”

The band boosters then hosted a costume contest which drew about 40 entrants in three age groups. Movie themes such as “Frozen” (there were three little Elsa’s), “Star Wars,” “Aladdin,” and “Malifecent” were popular customs choices for the kids.

The ERHS bands have another big event coming up soon, the annual Veterans Concert on Nov. 11.

The North Suburban Concert Band got into the Halloween spirit.

The North Suburban Concert Band got into the Halloween spirit.

Maddie Sorenson of the Wind Symphany came as Tigger.

Maddie Sorenson of the Wind Symphany came as Tigger. She took the podium warmed up the band before the concert.

Kael Smith (Aladdin) was announced as a costume contest winner by Keith Stevens of band boosters.

Kael Smith (Aladdin) was announced as a costume contest winner by Keith Stevens of band boosters.

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Mickelson http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/mickelson/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/mickelson/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:30:31 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778362 Mickelson

Connor and Andrea Mickelson announce the birth of their handsome son, Jackson Wallace, born on October 25th. He weighed 11 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21-3/4 inches long.
Grandparents are Darryl and Lisa Jorgenson, Terri Lee, Steve Lee and Dave Mickelson.

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Homeless family, woman find needed help http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/homeless-family-woman-find-needed-help/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/homeless-family-woman-find-needed-help/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:55:02 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778340 by Joni Astrup

Associate Editor

Twenty-two households were helped during Elk River’s first Project Homeless Connect, an effort designed to help people who are homeless access services and resources.

Melinda Jezierski of Big Lake Schools (left) talked with Nicky Woolhouse (center) and Melissa Isais, both of Sherburne County Health and Human Services, during Project Homeless Connect.

Melinda Jezierski of Big Lake Schools (left) talked with Nicky Woolhouse (center) and Melissa Isais, both of Sherburne County Health and Human Services, during Project Homeless Connect.

Among the people helped were a family with eight children and an elderly woman whose income hasn’t allowed her to find affordable housing, according to Joy Nadeau, executive director of the Sherburne County Area United Way.

That organization spearheaded the one-day event, which was held Oct. 23 at the Elk River YMCA.

Even in Elk River, families face financial struggles to include loss of housing, Nadeau said.

“In Greater Minnesota, there has been a 10 percent increase of people who were found outside the shelter system. Children and youth ages 21 and younger make up nearly half of all homeless persons, especially young adults 18 – 21,” she said.

The event also offered an opportunity for the participating vendors — including nonprofits, government agencies, religious organizations and other groups — to network. It’s been helpful for everyone to be aware of the services that are available in the area, Nadeau said.

She got the idea for Project Homeless Connect after meeting with the executive director of Tri-CAP, who told her about a similar event in St. Cloud.

“It was really a matter of inviting people to the table, and it’s been just a great collaboration of community leaders,” Nadeau said.

A core group of 15 to 17 people met monthly for a year to plan the event. An additional 25 volunteers were also involved.

Project Homeless Connect offered a variety of services, including health care, housing services, mental health services, employment support, disability services, legal services, transportation, education and more. A free lunch was served that day and free cell phones, free haircuts, dental varnishing, immunizations, housing services and employment opportunities were available.

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Japanese restaurant seeks to locate in Elk River http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/japanese-restaurant-seeks-to-locate-in-elk-river/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/japanese-restaurant-seeks-to-locate-in-elk-river/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:39:57 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778336 A Japanese restaurant is proposing to locate in an existing multi-tenant building near Perkins in Elk River.

The Hajime Restaurant would serve Japanese food such as sushi, sashimi and bento boxes as well as liquor and beer, according to City Planner Chris Leeseberg. There would be seating for approximately 60 customers.

A conditional use permit from the city is needed for the restaurant to locate at 18850 Dodge St.

The Elk River Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit Tuesday; the matter now goes before the City Council on Nov. 17.

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Foreclosures fall in Sherburne, Wright http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/foreclosures-fall-in-sherburne-wright/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/foreclosures-fall-in-sherburne-wright/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:35:31 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778334 The number of Minnesota homes lost to foreclosure during the first half of 2014 shows continued improvement in the state’s housing market, according to a new Minnesota Homeownership Center report. There were 4,375 foreclosures in the first half of 2014, a decline of 36 percent from the same time period in 2013.

Area counties also showed signs of improvement, with foreclosures dropping 39 percent in Wright County and 29 percent in Sherburne during that time. Specifically, there were 120 foreclosures in Sherburne and 136 in Wright in the first half of this year, compared to 170 in Sherburne and 224 in Wright for the same period a year ago.

Elk River City Administrator Cal Portner said the city hasn’t tracked foreclosures in Elk River in some time.

However, he said the inventory of available housing in the city has decreased considerably.  A couple of property owners and developers have inquired about platting their property, and the city may see some new plats next year, he said.

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EDA approves lot sale for growing company http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/eda-approves-lot-sale-for-growing-company/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/eda-approves-lot-sale-for-growing-company/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:17 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778332 A 1.3-acre lot in Elk River’s Northstar Business Park is being sold to enable a growing company to build a parking lot for approximately 100 vehicles.

The Elk River Economic Development Authority approved the sale of the lot for $114,127 to Scatman Holdings, LLC.

Scatman Holdings is the property ownership arm of Professional Service Bureau. PSB is a rapidly expanding telecommunications business, according to Jeremy Barnhart, Elk River’s deputy director of community operations and development.

PSB is located at 11110 Industrial Circle. The future parking lot is just south of the business.

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History center produces ‘Going Green’ booklet http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/history-center-produces-going-green-booklet/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/10/30/history-center-produces-going-green-booklet/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:29:15 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=778330 “Re-use and Recycle: Going Green in Sherburne County” is a new publication by the Sherburne History Center.

It includes a feature on Liberty Paper in Becker, as well as information about Elk River and its Energy City designation, the Sherburne County Municipal Recycling Board, the Elk River Area School District’s “green” efforts, the landfill gas to electric generating plant at the Elk River Landfill, energy-saving initiatives in Sherburne County and recycling tips from Shari Vensland of Zimmerman.

The publication also highlights the county’s Legacy Grant program, spearheaded by Commissioner Rachel Leonard.

The free booklet is available at the Sherburne History Center, 10775 27th Ave. SE, Becker. There is a $3 postage fee to mail the booklet.

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