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by Jim Boyle Editor Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit as a dreamer is alive and well in the hearts and artistic hands of at least four Elk River High School seniors. They were among nine semifinalists in the high school division to be recognized last month at the Minneapolis Convention Center for their contributions to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor A company that specializes in wayside horns to reduce train noise ran tests at six crossings in Elk River earlier this week. Wayside horns are mounted on poles at railroad crossings and directed at vehicles on the road so locomotives don’t have to sound their horns at the crossing. Robert [...]

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  by Jim Boyle Editor Shiver Elk River, a community chill-a-bration put on by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce, appears to be hitting its stride. The third annual event helped raise more than $12,000 for a record number of 19 different nonprofits. Last year’s event helped 17 groups, including one rallying around Alan [...]

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by Britt Aamodt Contributing writer Granite Shores, the luxury apartment community in downtown Elk River, has clinched a deal that will thrill art lovers and book lovers in one fell swoop. The Arts Alliance and Reading Frenzy Corner will open April 3 in a combined shop in the building’s northeast corner. Jim Soderberg, whose company [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor Andi Zwirner has been the face of the Otsego Elementary since it opened in 1995. The senior secretary still is, but now visitors to the school are being greeted by her or one of her colleagues in the school’s main office before they even enter the school. The main doors to [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor The first roundabout in Elk River is proposed to be built this summer. It is being considered for the intersection of Railroad Drive, Third Street and Irving Avenue, near the former public post office building. A “mini roundabout” is being proposed, which is designed to fit into an existing intersection. [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Thirty years after going to work for the City of Elk River as street and park superintendent, Phil Hals has retired. He’s leaving with mixed emotions. “I’ve always liked this job and I liked coming to work and I liked the people I work with,” Hals said. He and his [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Downtown Elk River saw some significant events unfold in 2012. Two key buildings were sold and are being revitalized, two other buildings were demolished and an enhanced parking lot built, and a long-range plan for the greater downtown area came to fruition. Plus, the city bought a piece of riverfront [...]

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