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by Howard Lestrud ECM Political Editor What started as a hobby as a youngster resulted in a full-time vocation and eventually a Pulitzer Prize for world-renowned photographer Robert H. “Bob” Jackson, now of Manitou Springs, Colo. Jackson, 79, is the former Dallas Times Herald news photographer who fired a shot with his Nikon S3 Rangefinder […]

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n Educator’s passion for helping teachers and kids with special needs brings him to Ivan Sand High School   by Jim Boyle Editor Tom Hoffman would have gladly followed in his father’s footsteps had it not been for some timely advice from the man he had come to respect. He has since cultivated a 32-year […]

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n Minnesota Grange to host first major community event in half a century The Oliver Hudson Kelley Grange will host “A Full Moon Barn Raising,” a community event aimed at continuing the revitalization and promotion of the Grange’s rich history. This event, which will run from 7 to 10 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Oliver Kelley Farm, will feature numerous activities, including a performance of […]

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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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n Ribbon-cutting gives lift to new deer, artistic entrance at Handke’s new nature exploration center   by Jim Boyle Editor The dressed up Nature and Explore Center at the Handke Family Center has officially opened. Sue Seeger, the winning artist behind a $20,000 gateway and entrance to the outdoor play area and classroom cut the […]

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by Paul Rignell Contributing writer As the heat index pushed 100 degrees at the Sherburne County Fair, 4-H youth tried to keep themselves cool and their animals cooler as livestock shows began July 18 at the 125th annual event in Elk River. Ruth Krisko, 12, of Becker, and her sister, Katie, 10, took turns in […]

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Special to the Star News Lessons learned in the classroom are great but they can’t compete with seeing and experiencing those lessons in the real world. So was the case for 73 students, parents and teachers from Salk Middle School who spent four days of their summer vacation touring the museums, memorials and historic sites […]

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by Jim Boyle Editor “We gave you our lives, now give them their meaning.” That’s but one of countless quotes reiterated, passages read, concrete inscriptions displayed and keynote messages delivered that Salk Middle School teacher Ron Hustvedt and former Salk Magnet student Matti Martin of Otsego have been trying to digest on their trip to […]

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