Letters from readers

ECM’s recent editorial on a formula for education success offers a misguided and fatal solution. To get kids to at least grade-level reading by third grade, ECM actually advocates that others do the job that parents refuse to do. This never works. Having the gall to relegate parents as mere “partners in their child’s educational [...]

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I just wanted to thank the Elk River Elks softball team for an exciting season and a more exciting state tournament. We attended all the games to cheer our daughter Ali and the team on, and we could not be more proud of all of you. You all made the right plays, got the hits [...]

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Leading up to Father’s Day, there’s a national campaign to remind fathers of the important role they play in their children’s lives. It’s being promoted by the White House and various fathering groups, and it uses a common phrase for its slogan: quality time. I endorse this, because we need dads embracing their roles, spending [...]

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The citizens are concerned about the loudness of the train horns to warn us that they are approaching a crossing, but they go to concerts where they have to have microphones and amplifiers to project the sound. I have gone to concerts in churches and the music is so loud I can’t hear the words. [...]

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Having been a band director in District 728 for 22 years (1966-1988) and subsequently a band director and music professor at two universities and a District 728 resident, I’ve watched with interest and, I must say, disappointment with the reduction of the senior high school band director’s time allotted to the students in the senior [...]

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The Memorial Day weekend proved to be a difficult one in Elk River. Young Daisy Jo Holland was swept up by the Elk River and her short life ended just before her second birthday. Lost in this tragic event was the outstanding work by the Elk River Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies. They [...]

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The search for Daisy Jo Holland was among the largest and most comprehensive operations and investigations I have been a part of in over 30 years of law enforcement service. The time of day, weather conditions, holiday weekend and scope of the investigation created challenges that would tax all but the largest law enforcement agencies. [...]

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The family of Daisy Jo Holland wants to thank all who helped us in this difficult time. We want to thank Elk River Police and Rescue teams, the BCA, Sherburne County, the water rescue people and dive teams and all the other trained professionals who worked to find her. We thank Chaplain Tom for his [...]

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The German Heritage Festival committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the first German Heritage Festival an amazing success. Approximately 1,000 people of all ages gathered at Lions Park in Elk River to enjoy a wide variety of exciting German music performed by Command Performance, the Bavarian Musikmeisters and Northstar Boys Choir. [...]

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