From the Editor

It was about 14 years ago when the topic of youth athletics on Sundays was brought to my attention by Cedric Olson, then senior pastor of Central Lutheran Church in Elk River. I couldn’t help but think what a terrible message we send to children when we place a higher value on sports than religion. [...]

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It looked like a rock concert for kids, but it was actually vacation Bible school — on steroids. The sight of 315 children with outstretched hands pointed to the heavens — bouncing between the safety of more than 170 volunteers in florescent T-shirts — provided a glimpse of what is possible when people band together. [...]

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Whether you can create good art or not, ArtSoup is for you. For someone like Sue Seeger featured on page 1 of this edition, I’m sure it inspires her to new achieve new heights. If you’re more like me and are relegated to drawing stickmen it’s still fun to see what others can create. As [...]

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There are few things worse than feeling you don’t have a representative on your local council, at the state legislature or in Washington, D.C. Elk River residents have felt that on occasion — to put it mildly — at the state and federal level, but rarely at the city level. The Elk River City Council [...]

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Carole Boelter stepped up at Lincoln Elementary School this past week and gave the keynote address for the school’s annual Veterans Day program. She did a nice job of connecting the dots for students that teachers are indeed real people who go home to real families at night and experience real joys and struggles. They [...]

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I like the synergy going on in the Elk River Area School District, and I think I know the root of it. There’s a realization in our down economy that we need each other. The Elk River Area School District needs the people, businesses, municipal units of government and community organizations. The organization reached out [...]

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Stand-up comedians of a certain age or older have gotten a lot of mileage out of the fact they made it through childhood without the benefit of seat-belt laws. As much as the leather seats worked to keep my legs stuck to the seat of my father’s 1972 AMC Matador, it was my seat belt [...]

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The Star News is interested in hearing from its readers on matters of local interest. If you have something that you would like to praise or something that you think needs to change, write us a letter and we’ll consider publishing it. Now may be the time, before the local election season heats up and [...]

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The Elk River area is on the run, and that’s a good thing. It was the Elk River YMCA that offered the most recent 5K Run and Walk. The best thing about it and several other 5K events that have surfaced in the last year or two is the number of young families with young [...]

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