by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River’s main concern in its section football championship clash with St. Michael-Albertville will be Jackson Greenwaldt. On Halloween, as always, the senior quarterback is the Knights’ scariest athlete. “Jackson is a special player, and we hope that we can limit his big plays, because he is going to make [...]

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Elk River hosted and won the junior varsity Northwest Suburban Conference swimming and diving meet Saturday. The Elks had 528 points, Maple Grove 469, Andover 357, Osseo 264, Coon Rapids 155 and Park Center 118. Placing first for the Elks were Samantha Westphal in diving (173.4),  the 200 freestyle relay team of Kaja Montplaisir, Janine [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor It took over a half-hour for the Rogers Royals to leave the field Saturday after a heartbreaking 42-34 loss to Elk River in the section semifinals. There were buckets of tears, endless anguished hugs, somber reflections on the game, soothing tributes from coaches, expressions of their pride in playing [...]

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The Orono Spartans took a quick 22-0 lead on Zimmerman and went on to defeat the Thunder 43-7 in the Section 5AAAA semifinals on Saturday in Orono. The Thunder, finishing 7-3, were unable to slow down the Spartans, who feature both a 1,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher. “Our guys showed a lot of character and [...]

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Elk River freshman Meagan Brown lost in the first round of the state singles tennis tournament, then bounced back with two wins in the consolation bracket before losing in the consolation finals. Brown (27-3), the Section 7AA champion, lost to St. Cloud Tech’s Taylor Tarrolly 6-3, 6-3. Tarroly lost in the next round to eventual [...]

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Minnesotans will decide if they should keep Mark Dayton as their governor for the next four years. Dayton told ECM’s Editorial Board that under his leadership and policies, he has placed the state on the right moderate course with a balanced approach on spending and raising revenues. The board agrees that [...]

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If Minnesotans in 2009 were expecting Al Franken to arrive in Washington, D.C., as a bombastic elected official wanting to turn the U.S. Senate into a comedy hall, they were clearly mistaken. Instead, Sen. Al Franken became a low-key, out-of-the-limelight senator who quietly went about his business of serving Minnesota. With the narrowest of victories [...]

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