The close of the candidacy filing period for Otsego City Council brought a total of four people to the running for two four-year terms. Challengers Patrick Brink and Paul Bolin will run against incumbents Vern Heidner and Tom Darkenwald in the Nov. 4 election. The newly elected officials take office early in 2015.

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  by Bruce Strand, Arts editor An aerial photo of the city taken via remote control by Joel Feld was chosen as the winner of the first Elk River Chamber of Commerce photography contest. The Chamber decided to host the contest this year with the stipulation that the photographers shoot local scenes. Nine photos chosen [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Lexi Yeado, who won 148 tennis matches for the only school in Minnesota with the nickname “Elks,” was recently named girls tennis assistant coach in Burleson, Texas. Guess what their nickname is. “They called me and told me to stop interviewing,” said Yeado, who was hired as an English teacher, [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Kenny Ott’s 47th season as a town-team baseball manager ended quicker than he and his Elk River Pioneers anticipated, with a two-game playoff sweep at the hands of the Isanti Redbirds last weekend. The Pioneers had beaten Isanti during the regular season but got pounded 16-2 on Friday in Isanti [...]

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Sam Krick, coming off a super college season, stayed hot at the plate with the Elk River Pioneers town team this summer. Krick hit an even .500 (25-for-50) with three homers, two triples and seven doubles. He scored a team-leading 18 runs and struck out only three times. His 10 RBI’s were second on the [...]

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  Spectrum Sting teams will have a mascot this year for the first time, a rugged-looking fellow with a shield, named “Sting,” who was introduced during an event at the school on Monday, Aug. 3. A press release from the school stated that Mark Haugstad created the final mascot design, Matt Fahner built much of [...]

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