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by Joni Astrup Associate editor When McCoy’s Pub in Elk River hosted its first 5K last St. Patrick’s Day to benefit the CAER food shelf, nearly 300 people showed up. Many were decked out in green to celebrate the holiday. Fred McCoy is back with another 5K this year to raise more money for CAER....Read More
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The March food drive for  CAER is underway. March is Minnesota FoodShare Month and efforts have begun to raise money and food for CAER, the Elk River-based food shelf. The goal is to raise $125,000 in dollars and/or pounds of food this month. Many churches, schools and organizations will be partici...Read More
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Community Aid Elk River (CAER) today announced that Carmen Pouliot has been named as the new Executive Director.   Pouliot was previously the associate director, which allows her to bring five years of experience to the new role, along with a thorough understanding of CAER’s operations, commu...Read More
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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 pro...Read More
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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 [...]...Read More
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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 [......Read More
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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 C...Read More
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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 ma...Read More
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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...Read More
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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 ch...Read More
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