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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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A sample of some of the holiday happenings in the Elk River area. Saturday, Nov. 30: • “In-Laws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should be Shot)”: Elk River Community Theatre presents this Christmas comedy. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 6, and Saturday, Dec. 7, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. [...]

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  • Move from Puebla, Mexico, to Rogers and Elk River causes Cuanalo to shoot with camera lens wide open   by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer In fall, Nelly Cuanalo photographs colored leaves and burnished fields. Wintertime, she bounds outside to capture snowflakes, snow banks, piles of snow on top of trash can lids and [...]

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by Debbie Griffin ECM Publishers  More than a dozen young people between Princeton and Zimmerman zip their go-karts around a dirt track during the Friday nights of summer to the cheer and applause of their fan clubs. One local family agrees that win, lose or wipeout, the young go-kart drivers and their families have a [...]

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