Great River Energy

by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Eight years ago, Brenda Geisler got her first glimpse of a bird species that would come to play an important role in her life. The bird was a peregrine falcon. Geisler had never seen one before 2006, when the first one appeared at Great River Energy in Elk River, checking [...]

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Great River Energy plans to tear down a vacant building on its campus in Elk River next week. Built in 1958, the building is the oldest structure on the campus. It is the northern building next to the Elk River Energy Recovery Station, according to Therese LaCanne, manager of GRE’s corporate communications. She said GRE’s [...]

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Peregrine falcons have returned to a nesting box high above Great River Energy in Elk River. As of April 16 four eggs had been laid, according to GRE’s website. The same pair as last year is using the nesting box. The adult male is Sawatzke H/34 and the adult female is Mary Ellen 11/X. Sawatzke [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Great River Energy is hiring eight people at its garbage processing plant in Elk River, as it has ramped up operations in recent years. The full-time positions will be open through Dec. 27. Details are available at www.greatriverenergy.com. The new hires will bring the total number of employees at the [...]

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Great River Energy’s garbage processing plant in Elk River accepts waste from the public. Here are the details: •Mattresses, furniture, box springs and other large items: $10 •Auto tires: $8 each •Truck tires: $10 each •Propane tanks (up to 100 pounds): Free Garbage may also be delivered to the plant. The cost is $68 a [...]

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Great River Energy has donated $5,000 to the city of Elk River. The money will be used to purchase an EZ Child ID kit, which Police Chief Brad Rolfe said will greatly enhance the department’s goal of identifying children through fingerprints, audio and video. That data can be used to enhance location efforts if a [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Roger Ostby was part of what Mo Galvin, Sherburne History Center curator, calls one of the greatest Elk River stories. For a time, the green lawn that slopes upwards to the Great River Energy plant hosted the first nuclear reactor in rural America. Ostby, 86, was among the original crew [...]

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