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• Crane takes first in Elk River Peace essay contest; writers wrote on the hard topic of security sector reform   by Jim Boyle Editor Emma Crane has won the Chase Korte Peace Essay contest at Elk River High School, irrevocably connecting her to a rare category of writers. Crane and her older brother are [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer Before Fashion Bug, Target or online shopping, the Elk River destination for women’s wear was Town & Country. In the 1950s, the boutique moved into the downtown and remained a Main Street fixture for more than 30 years. The fashion passion behind the store was Doris Anderson, who in 1958 [...]

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• Step by step, artist teaches students and creates art that stirs people to think and talk by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer When Jean Loy-Swanson teaches drawing at Elk River’s Arts Alliance, she starts with materials. She wants students to understand how to use paper and pencils to produce an image. The next step is [...]

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A father’s instinct was right on when he insisted that his son meet a young woman in Scottsdale, Ariz. (Editor’s note: Photos are by Leigh Photography, www.Leigh-Photo.com.) by Joni Astrup Associate Editor Shortly after meeting Kelly Anderson, Steve Chesney concluded she would be a perfect match for his son, Andrew. Turns out his matchmaking instincts were [...]

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by Margie Church Special to the Star News After a recent Elk River Park and Recreation Commission meeting, Chairman Dave Anderson beamed. Five area Boy Scouts had just delivered their presentations describing their Eagle Scout projects that collectively transformed the Woodland Trails winter walking trail system into a destination. To earn Eagle Scout, the highest [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer Lena Torgerson was the second to youngest child in a family of two girls and four boys. She grew up near St. Francis, among the trees and acres watered by the Rum River. She was eager to learn, but the kids at school taunted her. She didn’t fit in, and [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer Jenny Orsborn, Zimmerman, recollects a service at Elk River’s St. Andrew’s Church in 2006. An announcement was made that the church would be taking a group to New Orleans to help with the Hurricane Katrina cleanup. “I didn’t know a soul who was going,” she said. “But I thought, OK, [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Dec. 7, 1941, is one of those dates, like 9/11, that grips America in collective remembrance. That was a day when 8-year-old Orville Staffenhagen splayed before the radio set. It was a battery-operated set. The farm wouldn’t hook into the grid until the Rural Electrification initiative brought power to remote [...]

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