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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer The Sherburne County Board voted July 9 to adopt a $10 wheelage tax on most vehicles for the coming registration year, as authorized by the state in 2013. John Menter, county public works director, told commissioners that approving the tax would allow staff to move up critical road and bridge [...]

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Theresa Samek, a 34-year-old Elk River woman, has won the grand prize in Reading Frenzy’s 4th of July essay contest. She wrote a short story titled, “That Sees Beyond the Years,” a creative futuristic story set in 2055 about a 93-year-old man who was on life support after a stroke. The piece was the winner [...]

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Katelyn Johnson, 22, of Ramsey, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Cambodia July 10 to begin training as a health volunteer. Johnson will work in a health center on projects related to maternal and child health and infectious disease prevention and treatment. “Volunteering just felt natural, and the value I have [...]

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by Jonathan Young ECM Sun Newspapers David Biren, a Civil War re-enactor from Elk River, went to Gettysburg as a member of the official Minnesota delegation marking the battle’s 150th anniversary July 1-3. Biren and other re-enactors traveled to Pennsylvania the week before the battle’s anniversary to participate in re-enactments near the battlefield June 27-30. [...]

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by Jonathan Young ECM Sun Publications A Princeton man served as one of the official photographers for the Minnesota delegation to Gettysburg for the 150th anniversary of the battle July 1-3. Jay Grammond, of Princeton, works in adult community education in the Elk River Area School District, but photography is his hobby and passion. He [...]

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by Jonathan Young ECM Publishers An official state delegation to Gettysburg rededicated the three Minnesota monuments on the battlefield during the battle’s 150th anniversary July 1-3. Minnesotans laid a wreath at the foot of each monument and honored the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment’s role in the conflict. Although it was the only Minnesota regiment [...]

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An Albertville man has won two segments of the Powered by Nature Photography contest put on by the Sandhill Photography Club. Don Deckert’s image of the feedmill in downtown Elk River captured the People’s Choice Award, as voted on by visitors to ArtSoup, and the Landmark Division of the contest as judged by a team [...]

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by Jonathan Young ECM Sun Newspapers Two Otsego brothers, Ransom A. Bartlett and George W. Bartlett, fought side by side in Company D of the 1st Minnesota. Ransom Bartlett was 24 when the war broke out and had already settled into a job as a carpenter in the Otsego Township. Originally from Canada, Ransom Bartlett’s [...]

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