City of Elk River

From staff reports What’s ahead for the city of Elk River in 2014? City Administrator Cal Portner offered his thoughts via email. The Elk River City Council approved a fiscally responsible budget that meets the community’s core service expectations for 2014, Portner said. The city is continuing with long-term strategic planning with the expected completion [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Successful local businesses will add to the pomp and circumstance of Minnesota Manufacturer’s Week in Elk River. Designed to showcase Minnesota’s diverse manufacturing industry, organizers of the weeklong event do it to increase legislative awareness of the importance in providing  high-wage, high-skill jobs for our communities and to drum up interest [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Liquor sales in Elk River have been “on fire”  in recent years as the economy has improved. Sales at Elk River’s two city-owned liquor stores were up 6 percent from 2011 to 2012 and increased 4.5 percent in the first eight months of 2013, according to Dave Potvin, who manages [...]

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The Elk River City Council has approved the hiring of Brian Beeman as the city’s economic development director. Four candidates were interviewed. Beeman most recently was the city administrator for the city of Melrose. He also was city administrator for the city of Sutton, Neb., a state trooper in Nebraska and a second lieutenant in [...]

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The city of Elk River’s Pavement Management Program was created to maximize the lifespan of city streets through cost efficient maintenance and rehabilitation. Today, more than 80 percent of city streets are in good to excellent condition, according to city officials. However, because many miles of streets were constructed in the same time period, the [...]

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The city of Elk River has launched a new website at www.ElkRiverMN.gov. The site features easier navigation, enhanced resources, a “How Do I?” section, event calendars, as well as options for public interaction. “The site was created with the user in mind, and was designed using the latest technology so that the website is compatible [...]

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The city of Elk River will conduct a number of tests on the outdoor warning siren system the week of March 11. The testing is to ensure full functionality in preparation for the tornado season. A full test of the system, in which all sites will sound, is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, March 15. [...]

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Jeremy Barnhart has been promoted to Elk River community operations and development deputy director. He has worked as Elk River’s planning manager since May 2006. Barnhart, of Watertown, has a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning from Iowa State University in Ames and a master of business administration degree from Hamline University in St. [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Recycling in Elk River has increased dramatically after the implementation of a new single stream recycling program late last year. The switch was made Dec. 1. “Just in a couple of months we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the amount of recyclables that we have,” City Administrator Cal Portner said [...]

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