The Northwest Diamonds 9U-A team won the Bronze division of multi-state North American Fast-pitch Association tournament July 24-27 in Bloomington. The team lost twice in pool play, which determined which teams compete in Gold, Silver and Bronze, then won nine of 10 game to place first. There were 78 teams in the three divisions [...]

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  The Fabulous Armadillos, playing classic rock, will perform Thursday in the next event of the Riverfront Concert Series. Their songs range from country to Motown to heavy metal to ’70s soft rock, and they “do them just like you remember,” their website states. The Thursday night concerts at 7 p.m. are free of charge.

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor North Star Family Theatre, currently presenting “Shrek the Musical,” is the group previously known as Youth Theatre Workshop. The name change for the 12-year-old organization, which produced 26 shows as YTW, is a more accurate depiction of its expanded scope, said play director Eileen Anderson. “Although (YTW) was started with [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River VFW baseball is one win from the state tournament after winning five straight games in the losers bracket of the district tournament. The Elks, who lost to Champlin Park 10-0 in the first round of the final eight on Friday, outslugged the same team 16-15 in the [...]

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Candidates interested in serving on the Zimmerman City Council may file an affidavit for candidacy from July 29 until Aug. 12, and voters choose the next representatives Nov. 4. Up for re-election are Mayor Dave Earenfight and Councilmembers Tony Brisbin, Beth Merwin, and Karen Michels. Zimmerman City Council members are elected at large and serve [...]

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Election season kicks off in Otsego as the candidacy filing period opens for two City Council seats that expire at the end of 2014, those of Councilmembers Vern Heidner and Tom Darkenwald. Potential candidates may submit an affidavit for candidacy to the city between July 29 and Aug. 12. Voters will choose the next representatives [...]

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by  Bruce Strand, Sports editor Cassandra (Brown) Smith had a 186-19 career record with Elk River, and was a three-year starter for St. Cloud State, but she cheerfully defers to 14-year-old sister Meagan Brown as the stronger half of their doubles team. “She could kick my butt now, that’s for sure,” said Cassandra, 22, after [...]

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Sam Krick banged out four of Elk River’s 13 hits and Tucker Morrell pitched the distance as the Pioneers defeated Isanti 8-1 on Saturday evening in Isanti. Krick was 4-for-5 with a double, triple, and two runs. Krick is 7-for-9 in the last two games with a homer, two doubles and a triple, and is [...]

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