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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 El...Read More
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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, ...Read More
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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 t...Read More
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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 ar...Read More
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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 Rive...Read More
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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 de...Read More
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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...Read More
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