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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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by Joni Astrup Associate editor With the snip of a ribbon, Elk River opened a new destination playground at Orono Park on Tuesday, June 25. After a few speeches during the grand opening ceremony, Mayor John Dietz cut the ribbon and a flood of eager children raced into the new playground to try it out. [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Sue Seeger was one of two women in the welding class at Anoka-Hennepin Technical College. This was the 1990s. She had left a job in business, she was over 30, and she was a student again. “My original idea was more businessy,” said Seeger. “I thought, well, I’ll learn how [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Lt. Col. Lyle Bradley, a retired Marine combat pilot during WWII and Korea got choked up giving the Memorial Day address on Monday at Lion’s Park in Elk River. “I get sentimental about this airplane,” he said holding a replica model of the Corsair he flew. “I sat in one in [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporterOne of the most colorful and controversial Minnesota politicians in a generation is stepping down.Republican 6th District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announced by video on Wednesday (May 29) she had decided not to seek a fifth term in the U.S. House.“I have every confidence that if I ran, I would defeat [...]

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“I wouldn’t take $1 million for my experiences over there (in Vietnam), but I wouldn’t give you a wooden nickel for five seconds more of them.” — Dave Granlund, 1967 Elk River High School graduate and Vietnam veteran by Jim Boyle Editor When Dave Granlund was drafted in April of 1969 by the United States [...]

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by T.W. Budig ECM Capitol reporter Weary lawmakers quit the State Capitol shortly after midnight on Monday (May 20) after setting a two-year, $38 billion state budget. “I think it worked extraordinarily well for Minnesota,” Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said of DFL control of state government. Final pieces of the five-month session slipped into place [...]

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