Elk River

by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Every step Tanner Beckerleg takes on the soccer field sends throbs of pain through his afflicted hips, but somehow that doesn’t stop the Elk River senior defender from excelling. “Tanner holds down the back line for us. He’s the last rung of defense and he makes a big difference in [...]

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Elk River was seeded No. 7 among 12 teams in Section 7AAA volleyball after a 9-15 regular season. The Elks will host No. 10 Princeton (11-15) in the first round Wednesday, 7 p.m. Cambridge-Isanti (24-4) is the No. 1 seed. North Branch (17-5), a team the Elks beat 3-1 early in the season, is No. [...]

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• Domestic abuse victim tells her story before Rivers of Hope annual fundraiser (Editor’s note: This story was written by a reporter for the West Sherburne Tribune in Big Lake. Names in the article have been changed to ensure confidentiality.) by Aleah Stenberg Special to the Star News Kathleen used to live in fear. The verbal and physical abuse she endured as a victim of domestic violence included hitting, threats and made her scared to leave the house. Hiding her pain and [...]

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St. Michael-Albertville wound up with the top seed ahead of Elk River, with Rogers third, in the Section 6AAAAA football tournament that begins Tuesday.   “We were five points ahead, but lost the tiebreaker,” said Elk coach Steve Hamilton about complex scoring system.   The Elks had been six points ahead of Rogers going into [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River coach Steve Hamilton has a simple explanation for things like blowing a 35-7 lead and barely winning 42-40, as the Elks did against Blaine on Wednesday evening. “We want to make it entertaining,” he quipped. “People pay good money to watch football games.” And for not taking [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River Mayor John Dietz describes himself as a “homegrown product.” He grew up in Elk River, as did his wife, Jayne, and their two daughters. “Next to my family, the city of Elk River is the most important thing in my life,” Dietz said during a candidate forum Saturday [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Elk River City Council Member Paul Motin is being challenged by Jennifer Wagner in Ward 4. Both participated in a candidate forum Saturday at Elk River City Hall. The forum was sponsored by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce and the Elk River Citizens League. Wagner described herself as [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Two candidates running for an open seat on the Elk River City Council squared off Saturday at a forum. Garrett Christianson and Jerry Olsen are running for the Ward 1 seat now held by Stewart Wilson. Wilson was appointed in February 2013 to serve out the term vacated by Nick [...]

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