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Yes, it is time to rethink our new school lunch program. Having nutritional guidelines are great, but what good does it do when the kids either refuse to eat or throw it out?  How much money is going straight to the garbage bins? My daughter’s lunch account used to run short because she’d always buy [...]

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I am a current student Elk River High School and it has come to my attention that schools are wasting tons of food every day. Have you ever thought about how many kids throw away food every day during lunch? My school stopped using reusable trays and started using styrofoam trays. That is a complete [...]

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Once again I learn that the laws of physics and economics are mysteriously different between United States and Europe. Roundabouts are unsafe for concurrent use by semitrucks and cars? I must buy a plane ticket immediately and tour the European continent informing all the countries about their egregious mistake before there is widespread carnage! Oh [...]

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The Sept. 13, 2014, Kelley Farm groundbreaking ceremony was awesome with the horse-powered threshing machines, the original house and the two oxen pulling the plow used in the groundbreaking ceremony. The $10.5 million dollar grant, awarded in the bonding bill passed by the State Legislature and signed by Gov. Dayton, was much needed for the [...]

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Can you believe it? School lunch is controversial. In this time of political extremes even the hot dog is at risk. The federal government, in an attempt to ensure healthy eating for our children, requires schools to serve meals with new and very specific requirements for reduced salt, required whole grains, required quantities of fruits [...]

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More people in your communities are living longer. What are you going to do about them? This will be a central issue for community leaders as the baby boomers retire. We’re told they want to volunteer and get involved in the community where they’ve lived for many years. You can segregate them, put them in [...]

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I am writing in response to the article in the Elk River Star News last week regarding the Elk River High School gymnasium upgrades and actions/tasks on the activities directors’ lists. I agree that the Elk River High School gymnasium upgrade looks fantastic, and the gym floor is great. However, it would be nice if [...]

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I have heard often the issues of red-light runners along Highway 169 during my 30 years of living in the Elk River area. Today, I tried to turn onto School Street from the northbound turn lane of Highway 169. There were 12 cars ahead of me. After two full cycles of signals I was still [...]

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