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CAER volunteer John Norgren has been named the city of Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for January. Norgren volunteers at the CAER food shelf in Elk River about four days a week. He helps take care of CAER’s recycling, does some carpentry and handyman work around the facility and picks up produce at Coborn’s. […]

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The Elk River area is on the run, and that’s a good thing. It was the Elk River YMCA that offered the most recent 5K Run and Walk. The best thing about it and several other 5K events that have surfaced in the last year or two is the number of young families with young […]

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Alan Sakry once remarked in an interview for a Business Almanac story that if you take care of your clients they will take care of you. It wasn’t a line he picked up at some business or marketing conference. He lived it — both his business and personal life. He could judge the legitimacy of […]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer Like so many other Americans, parents Gwen and Duane Hess of Zimmerman know about stretching every cent to make it count. When money got tight this year, they turned to CAER in Elk River to get by supporting their family of four children, Emma, Ethan, Janel and Charlie Ann. “Gradually, […]

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by Briana Sutherland Contributing writer In Minnesota, the average amount a person receives each week in food support is $27.35.  As of December there are 4635 individuals, including 2140 children, on food support in Sherburne County according to CAER. To help make others aware of the challenges many food support recipients face, an awareness campaign […]

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A huge thank you to all of the residents of Elk River and Otsego for your donations to our local Gifts Anonymous program.  With your help and generosity we were able to provide gifts and holiday dinners for 723 children from 274 families. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with […]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor The Gifts Anonymous program is launching its gift drive for the upcoming holiday season. Gifts Anonymous was created about 41 years ago in Elk River in an effort to centralize outreach to area families who are financially unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children. Last year the program provided […]

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’Tis the season to begin thinking about CAER. Here are some of the Elk River food shelf’s current needs for donations. Juice, instant rice, boxed potatoes, Jell-O, pudding, mayonnaise, toothbrushes, deodorant, baby wipes and Kleenex. Thanksgiving meal needs include turkeys (turkey cards, full or partial, work too), boxed potatoes, pie crusts, muffin/dinner roll mixes, pickles, […]

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Words cannot express the appreciation CAER food shelf has for the generosity of this community! First, the C.R.O.P. Walk was held in the fall for the first time on Oct. 9 and those who walked enjoyed great weather at Lions Park.  CAER receives a percentage of the proceeds from the walk and will be able […]

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