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by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer It’s a Wednesday night in Big Lake at the Friendly Buffalo. The bar and restaurant hums with midweek, after-work conversation. A ball game plays on the big screen TV. But the real action is through the other door on the left, in the banquet hall, where lights are strung from [...]

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n Tom and Marvel Cornish volunteer to their heart’s content by Britt Aamodt Contributing Writer They are the couple that holds hands. For Tom and Marvel Cornish, this is their second marriage. After they both lost spouses, they met through their sons, and now they walk hand in hand around Elk River, on errands and [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Cars burn rubber in Amanda Milbrandt’s family. When she was 3, her mom, Marti Carroll, placed third in a demolition derby. “Just me and my little Pinto,” said Marti Carroll of her bang-up finish. The daughter still has the photograph of them posing at the derby. Today, nearly 30 years [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Students at Spectrum High School in Elk River have a new bike rack, and it’s not just any old bike rack. Brett Henkemeyer has fashioned an elaborate and artistic bike rack made of components that look like oversized school supplies for his senior project at Spectrum. The 10-foot-long bike rack [...]

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by Tammy Sakry ECM Publishers The jingling bells fill the air as families wander the Ramsey tree fields looking for just the right tree to take home. While the wagon rides are new this year, Hansen Tree Farm has been part of family holiday traditions for 60 years. When his father, Henry Hansen, purchase the [...]

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Test your knowledge of the greater Elk River area by identifying these photos. See the answers below. Answers 1. A grainery, built in 1885, at Henry’s Woods Park. This 52-acre forested park is located on Brockton Lane just north of County Road 81 in Rogers. The forest is one of the best-preserved remnants of deciduous [...]

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Temperature tops out at 102 but fireworks show does its best to steal the show back The third annual Elk River Independence Day celebration will be remembered for record-setting heat, which kept many people away from Lions Park. The heat, however, didn’t keep people from making their way out to watch the fireworks. Lions Park [...]

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