Year in review

Click here to read about the Newsmaker of the Year.   Here are the other top newsmakers of 2011, as chosen by the Star News staff. Rogers woman wins Kemps flavor contest Jennifer Folkens of  Rogers won a contest for a new Kemps ice cream flavor in September. More than 300 flavors were entered. Folkens’ [...]

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by Joni Astrup Associate editor Here is a recap of some Elk River city news in 2011. •Shiver Elk River came to town in February. The “community chill-a-bration” was sponsored by the Elk River Area Chamber of Commerce. It included a variety of winter events — even a plunge into Lake Orono to raise money [...]

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This past year a number of people narrowly escaped death and were thankful to be able to talk about it afterward. Brittarae Bayerl credited God with saving her when the Grand Am she was driving last winter in Zimmerman spun around and into an oncoming lane of traffic. The impact of her crash was so [...]

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Click here to see other top stories of 2011. by Joni Astrup Associate editor Economic news dominated the landscape in 2011. The economy and how those issues have played out locally was chosen as the top story of the year by the Star News staff. Here is a recap of some of the highlights. Some [...]

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Click here to read about the other top newsmakers for 2011. by Jim Boyle Editor Elk River’s first hometown mayor in 73 years had a busy first year as mayor of the community he loves. When John Dietz wasn’t helping launch new initiatives like a volunteer recognition program or Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, he was [...]

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John Dietz, the mayor of Elk River, has been named Newsmaker of the Year for 2011, a distinction that’s open to all who made news this past  year. The list of candidates for 2011 included Cory Daniel Bell, who was sentenced to 345 months in prison for raping a woman and murdering her soul. He [...]

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by Jim Boyle Editor •Enrollment in the Elk River Area School District dropped for the first time in 20 years or more. Superintendent Mark Bezek reported that the school district began the school year with about 80 to 100 fewer students than last school year. •Spectrum High School and Middle School opened for business in [...]

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