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        Photos by Joni Astrup and Nicole Immerheiser   by Dawn Feddersen-Poindexter Contributing writer It was a day like any other at the Isaacson’s home in Otsego. Ryan was at work, Brenda was working at home in the office in the basement of their house. The couple’s three children, 5-year-old twins Mason and [...]

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The Minnesota School of Business held its Take a Walk in Her Shoes event Thursday, despite the weather, to show support of sexual assault awareness. April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. All proceeds from the one-mile walk will go to Rivers of Hope, a local nonprofit advocating to end family violence. Steve [...]

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by Bruce Strand Sports editor Nine marathoners from the Star News area ran at the Boston Marathon when the century-old classic race was rocked by two terrorist bombs Monday, leaving three dead and more than 170 injured, many critically. First-time Boston qualifiers Amy Visci, 38, and Katie Eberley, 34, both of Elk River, friends and [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor A sweeping change is being made to the way the city of Elk River covers the cost of maintaining its nearly 150 miles of streets. The Elk River City Council voted 4-0 Monday, April 15, to implement a franchise fee that will eliminate the need to assess property owners and [...]

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by Nathan Warner Contributing writer Surpassing expectations, more than 500 runners braved the rain Saturday morning to run in the third annual Bubba-Baseball 5K Run.  The run came close on the heels of Easter Sunday’s tragedy at the Shields house in Zimmerman, where it is believed Stephanie Shields drowned her two children, Nolan, 7, and [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Zimmerman churches banded together this past Saturday for a candlelight vigil to pray for family, friends and the community in the wake of the tragic deaths of Stephanie, Nolan and Josie Shields. This was the decision of the church community after a couple of neighbors came forward saying they would like [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Teen faces possible charges in crash Elk River Police are investigating a one-vehicle crash in which they believe alcohol may have been a contributing factor. They are awaiting blood test results and are considering charges of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and criminal vehicular operation against a 17-year-old Elk River boy, according to Elk River Police Capt. [...]

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The Zimmerman community is planning a benefit for the Shields family. It will take place 2-7 p.m. May 5 at the Zimmerman Legion. Donations can be dropped off at the Legion, or contact the Facebook group The Shields Family from Zimmerman MN to offer support. There are also plans at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow night, Saturday, [...]

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