by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz describes himself as a “homegrown product.” He grew up in Elk River, as did his wife, Jayne, and their two daughters. “Next to my family, the city of Elk River is the most important thing in my life,” Dietz said during a candidate forum Saturday [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River City Council Member Paul Motin is being challenged by Jennifer Wagner in Ward 4. Both participated in a candidate forum Saturday at Elk River City Hall. The forum was sponsored by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Elk River Citizens League. Wagner described herself as [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two candidates running for an open seat on the Elk River City Council squared off Saturday at a forum. Garrett Christianson and Jerry Olsen are running for the Ward 1 seat now held by Stewart Wilson. Wilson was appointed in February 2013 to serve out the term vacated by Nick [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Debbie Dorholt believes she had Lyme disease for about 15 years before finally getting diagnosed last year. Her suspicions were raised in 2013, when she was camping with her kids. A man at the lodge told her he thought she had Lyme disease after seeing her walk with difficulty and [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Sarah Holm, a senior at Spectrum High School in Elk River, has zeroed in on Lyme disease as the topic of her senior project. Holm said she has seen how damaging the disease can be and wants to raise awareness and improve education about it. Her best friend is a [...]

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Katie Erickson, senior from Elk River on the Lindenwood University hockey team in St. Louis, was named College Hockey America’s player of the week on Monday. The 5-foot-11 forward scored on goal and assisted on another as the Lions beat St. Cloud State 5-3 on Saturday in St. Cloud.   That was the first win [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Conference championships are on the line for Rogers and Elk River in the final game of the regular season Wednesday evening while Zimmerman will likely be dueling for a second-place finish.   Blaine at Elk River The Elks, who’ve lost two straight after a 5-0 start, need a win over [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Brooke Salo looked disheveled and bruised, misty-eyed and exhausted, with her blue uniform stained by grass and sweat, after a hard 80 minutes in her final soccer game with the Zimmerman Thunder. The Thunder’s best season had just ended with 1-0 loss to powerful neighbor Princeton on Tuesday in [...]

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