Weekly E-Newsletter - Winter

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Thank you for signing up to receive the City of Elk River's weekly E-Newsletter! Here is everything you need to know about this past week, as well as news and information about upcoming projects, events, and more. Have a great weekend!


City Hall Hours:
(M-F) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Holiday Closures and Trash Delays

Holiday Closures and Trash Delays

All city offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas. Trash and recycling collection will be delayed one day, with typical Wednesday/Thursday collection days being serviced on the following Thursday (December 26) and Friday (December 27).
 
City offices will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1 in observance of New Year’s, with trash and recycling collection delayed by one day. Police, Fire, and EMS operations will remain in service at all times.
 
Wishing you all safe and happy holidays!


Skating Rinks Now Open

Outdoor Skating Rinks Now Open

Lace up your skates and grab your hockey sticks, we’re thrilled to let everyone know Elk River’s outdoor skating rinks are now open! The ice at Handke Pit (1133 4th Street NW) is looking great, and keep in mind this is the only location with a warming house, which is open Monday through Friday from 3:00-9:00 p.m. and weekends/holidays from 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

The city also maintains several unsupervised general skating rinks in the following neighborhood parks without warming house facilities:


  • Mississippi Oaks Park (17998 Elgin Street)

  • Kliever Lake Fields (17950 Johnson Street)
  • Riverplace Park (13818 186th Lane)

The City of Elk River reserves the right to close rinks whenever it is in the best interest and safety of the skaters. For up-to-date rink information, call the Weather Hotline at 763.635.1160.

 


Nick Zerwas Recognized at December Council Meeting

District 30A House Rep. Nick
Zerwas Recognized by Mayor Dietz

During Monday's City Council meeting, Mayor Dietz presented a plaque to District 30A House Representative, Nick Zerwas in recognition of his years of service to our community.

Prior to resigning his legislative seat in early December, Representative Zerwas served in the State House of Representatives for seven years and on the Elk River City Council from 2007-2012.

Please join us in thanking him and wishing him and his family all the best.


Winter Walking Series at Woodland

'Winter Walking' Series at Woodland Trails Regional Park Kicks Off in 2020

Join us for a series of magical moonlit walks at Woodland Trails Regional Park this winter. We’ll meet up from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month to enjoy the groomed winter walking trails while taking in crisp winter air and watching for wildlife.

Please bring a flashlight or headlamp for use. Be sure to dress for the weather and wear proper winter walking shoes or boots. Look for the group in the parking lot of Woodland Trails Regional Park located at 20135 Elk Lake Rd. NW.

For more information call Elk River Parks and Recreation at 763.635.1150. This is a free event series, no registration is required and we ask that you mark your calendars for the following Mondays:

  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 9

Live Christmas Tree Recycling

Recycle Live Christmas Trees 
at the Elk River Compost Site

While free curbside Christmas tree recycling is not available through the city’s waste collection companies, residents wanting to dispose of a live tree after the holidays can do so at the Elk River Compost Site located at 19000 Proctor Road NW.

The tree does not have to have to be cut up at all, however please ensure that all decorations, including lights, ornaments, and ribbons, are removed and tree is not in any sort of bag prior to drop off. Compost Site users must have an access pass which requires them to be a resident of Sherburne County. To learn more, please visit ElkRiverMN.gov/compost.


Holiday Recycling Tips

Holiday Recycling Tips

Did you know 80% of what is thrown away during the holidays can be recycled or repurposed? Your holiday can be a more environmentally friendly one by following a few simple tips: Save and reuse gift bags, ribbons, and bows – great for the environment and your wallet. If you’re shipping gifts, reuse old bubble wrap or foam peanuts and consider using shredded newspaper or magazines to secure items. Also, most standard wrapping paper cannot be recycled, as much of it containers glitter, foil, reflective areas, and other shiny/plastic coatings. Some simple wrapping paper without these items can be recycled, but if you’re in doubt it is best to throw it in the trash.  Finally, toy packaging made of heavy cardboard is only recyclable when the cardboard is separated from the plastic. This includes the plastic window on the box of a doll or action figure.
 
Common holiday items that do not belong in the recycle include:

  • Bubble wrap, cellophane, ribbons, bows
  • Batteries, electronics
  • Holiday lights
  • Foam packaging
  • Food waste, clothing, shoes

In Elk River, curbside Christmas tree recycling is not available, however residents wanting to dispose of a live tree after the holidays can do so at the Compost Site located at 19000 Proctor Road NW. The tree does not have to have to be cut up at all, however please ensure that all decorations, including lights, ornaments, and ribbons, are removed and tree is not in any sort of bag prior to drop off. Compost Site users must have an access pass which requires them to be a resident of Sherburne County. To learn more, please visit ElkRiverMN.gov/compost.


Ice Dam Help Through Home Loan Rehab Program

Got Ice Dams? We Can Help!

You may already know about Elk River’s Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program through the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority – but did you know one of the qualifying improvements helps address the dangerous issue of ice dams?

Ice dams occur as a result of failing or nonexistent attic insulation. Heat collects in an attic and warms the roof, causing the snow to melt and flow down the roof unti
l it reaches a cold spot, such as the eaves or gutter, where it then refreezes and forms a dam. Eventually the dam forces the water back up into the shingles which can cause water leaks inside the home that can lead to mold and mildew issues. The most common sign of ice dams are giant icicles on a home’s eaves – a hazard for people and pets below, but also something that can cause significant damage to shingles and gutters if ignored.

Address these pesky ice dams through a low-interest loan from Elk River’s HRA and the Center for Energy and Environment. Learn more by clicking here


Volunteer of the Month Recognition

December Volunteer of the Month

Please join the City of Elk River in congratulating Irene and Ken Shaw for their recent recognition as Volunteers of the Month. Mayor John Dietz, who established this award program, selected them for their contributions and commitment to the Elk River community through voluntary personal service.

Irene and Ken are active volunteers, leaders and organizers, contributing greatly through the Boy Scouts of America, as well as religious and community service opportunities in the Elk River area. They have given over 100 hours to young families in their church nursery and advised more than 570 young adults through the Young Single Adults Program. They assisted with the Eagle Scout project at the Elk River Maintenance Facility, supported youth at Scout Camp and helped on the Board of Review for determining Scout rank advancement. 

In the fall of this year, Irene and Ken organized 19 projects, utilizing 220 volunteers who gave 1,110 hours of volunteer service during the Great Day of Service initiative on September 14.

Thank you, Irene and Ken Shaw, and congratulations! Your selfless volunteer service has had an amazing impact on our community.

To learn how you can nominate someone for Mayor Dietz’s Volunteer of the Month award click here.


Liquor Store Specials
Liquor Store Specials December 9-22

Employment Opportunities 

  • Election Judge - PT
  • Cablecaster - PT
  • Ice Arena Worker/Ice Resurfacer - PT
  • Liquor Store Clerk - PT

To learn more about employment opportunities with the city click here.


Upcoming Meetings

  • None
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