Elk River City Council

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz said he’s “totally in favor” of 99 percent of the city’s 2014 budget. But the 1 percent he has an issue with prompted him to cast the lone vote against it. The City Council voted 4-1 Monday to adopt the $12.8 million budget. “I voted [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Some changes are in store for the Main Street and Parrish Avenue intersection in downtown Elk River. The city is looking at eliminating five parking spaces to make room for a right-turn lane for eastbound Main Street traffic wanting to turn south onto Parrish Avenue. The five parking spaces are [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor While the city of Elk River’s 2014 budget won’t be finalized until December, it appears all but certain that funding for a drug task force detective will not be in it. Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe had asked for the detective as one means to help the city combat [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Dave Anderson, who has been a key figure in the development and maintenance of parks in Elk River, is the city’s Volunteer of the Month for November. He was honored at Monday’s Elk River City Council meeting. “The term ‘volunteer’ doesn’t seem to really cover all the things he’s done,” [...]

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Jonathan Christie has been hired as a police officer in Elk River. He took the oath of office during Monday’s Elk River City Council meeting. Christie is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and has been a member of the Elk River Police Reserves. He replaces Officer Brynell Stewart, who has resigned.

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor The Elk River City Council appears open to at least considering becoming a financial partner in the purchase of the Houlton Farm for a park. At issue are deferred special assessments from a 1992 project that brought city sewer and water to the western area of Elk River. The Houlton [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor A senior housing project is on the drawing board in Elk River. Blackhawk Woods is an 84-unit one-level rental project that would serve residents ages 55 and older with low and moderate incomes. Plans show 49 one-bedroom and 35 two-bedroom townhomes with attached garages as well as a clubhouse activity [...]

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