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n Operation puts books in the hands of soldiers separated from their kids who still want to read — and bond with them   by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer In 2010, Dustin Wiebold created Operation Bookworm for his army buddies. But his story, which also had stops in New Orleans and Iraq, shows how sometimes [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer Luisa Feistel attended an informational meeting at her school in Essen, Germany. The program was on overseas student exchanges. She could see herself in the United States, in land of Hollywood and big cars. But she wasn’t sold on a year abroad until she saw another student’s scrapbook of a [...]

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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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