Elk River City Council

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz hopes that some time this year, Elk River will become a “quiet zone” where trains don’t have to blow their horns. That drew a round of applause from people attending an Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce event on Jan. 10. Quiet zones were one [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor For the past three decades, Dave Anderson has spent countless hours improving Elk River’s park and recreation system. His volunteer efforts were recognized Monday, when the Elk River City Council voted to rename the Orono Athletic Complex the Dave Anderson Athletic Complex. Anderson said the next day that it is [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council is considering whether to hire a sign consultant. Such a consultant would help bring a consistent look to the city’s signs and craft a way-finding signage plan that would direct people to areas such as downtown, parks, landmarks, public facilities, retail areas and other amenities. [...]

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Elk River Council Member Stewart Wilson has been named acting mayor for 2014. The acting mayor performs the duties of mayor during the mayor’s absence. The position is typically rotated among council members each year.

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor An uptick in interest from industrial prospects is prompting the city of Elk River to consider expanding a business park three years earlier than planned. Phase II of the Nature’s Edge Business Center was scheduled for 2017, but the city is looking at moving that up to 2014. Brian Beeman, [...]

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Shelley Sherper is Elk River’s Volunteer of the Month for December. She has been very active in her church as a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, choir member and more. Sherper also has been active in the RSVP program, especially Bookends. Bookends is a group that goes to local elementary schools to share interpretive [...]

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Elk River Mayor John Dietz has publicly thanked the personnel — fire, police and public works — who responded when a fire swept through the Evans Meadows apartment building on Dec. 5. “It certainly was a tragedy, but it obviously could have been a lot worse,” Dietz said at Monday’s City Council meeting. “There was [...]

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Three people have been reappointed to city boards by the Elk River City Council. •Larry Toth was reappointed to a term on the Housing and Redevelopment Authority ending Dec. 31, 2018. Toth is retired. •Jayne Dietz and Kathleen Tracy were reappointed to the Library Board. Their terms both expire Dec. 31, 2016. Dietz is a [...]

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