The Elk swimmers did not expect to beat Centennial in the conference championship meet Tuesday evening, but the final margin was probably much wider than anticipated. The Cougars swamped the Elks 122.5 to 63.5, winning 11 of 12 events, a very impressive showing against a team that was 6-1-1 in dual meets coming in. [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A rugged defensive effort, a fourth-down gamble that paid off, and a boost from a quarterback returning from an injury, were the keys as Zimmerman survived its playoff opener Mound-Westonka 14-7 at home Tuesday evening. “Mound is a much improved team and their defensive line really gave us problems,” [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The third straight playoff matchup between Rogers and Elk River was set up Tuesday night when the Royals crushed the Willmar Cardinals 63-0 in their Section 6AAAAA opener at home. The Royals are ranked No. 3 in Class 5A but, after losing their conference finale to St. Michael-Albertville 22-21, had [...]

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A St. Cloud man was killed early Tuesday morning following a roll over crash of a dune buggy style vehicle in Haven Township. According to Sheriff Joel Brott, Luke Lietha, 27, died at the scene at 2:05 a.m. following CPR attempts by emergency personnel. The accident occurred in a farm field in the 7200 block [...]

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Special to the Star News Homelessness and the risk of becoming homeless is a struggle that many people in local communities deal with daily. Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event in Elk River that will offer people the opportunity to access services and connect with resources. It will be held from 10 a.m. to [...]

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  Three Rogers juniors were named to the Coaches Association All-State Class AA teams at the pre-state tournament soccer banquet on Saturday. Abbie Gearou, junior center defender who anchored a defense with 10 shutouts, was named to the girls first team all-state. Courtney Henderson, junior center midfielder who had nine goals and 10 assists, was [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Every step Tanner Beckerleg takes on the soccer field sends throbs of pain through his afflicted hips, but somehow that doesn’t stop the Elk River senior defender from excelling. “Tanner holds down the back line for us. He’s the last rung of defense and he makes a big difference in [...]

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The Rogers Royals, one of three state-ranked teams in the Section 6AAAAA tournament, were seeded third after a 7-1 regular season. The Royals will host No. 6 Willmar (3-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Willmar has lost four straight games in which they’ve led after three quarters each game but have been outscored 63-7 in [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder were seeded third in the Section 5AAAA football tournament after posting a 6-2 regular season record. The Thunder will host No. 6 Mound-Westonka (2-6) on Tuesday, 7 p.m., with the winner facing No. 2 Orono on Saturday, 3 p.m. in Orono. Thunder leaders include Austin May with 686 yards rushing and three [...]

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