Weekly E-Newsletter - Winter

Dear Subscriber:

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.

Redefining the Rumors

Redefining the Rumors -
Ask Questions, Get Answers

You’ve probably heard about MnDOT’s plan to convert Highway 169 to a freeway through Elk River – and word on the street is there are lots of questions about this major mobility enhancement project.

We’ve always invited people to visit the city’s designated project webpage for all the latest information about 169 Redefine, but now we’ve created an FAQ page, as well as a place where residents can submit rumors they’ve heard, or simply ask questions about 169 Redefine, and project team members will quickly provide answers and post it to ElkRiverMN.gov/169RedefineFAQ.

Explore the page, see what others have asked, view the answers from project officials, and ask a question or submit a rumor yourself by clicking here.

Sherburne Co. Reconstruction Open House

CSAH 12 (181st Street) Reconstruction Open House, Jan. 8

You’re invited to join staff from the city and Sherburne County on Wednesday, January 8 at the Sherburne County Government Center (13880 Business Center Dr. NW, Elk River) for details on the reconstruction of CSAH 12 (181st Street) from Zane Street to just east of CR 40. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., project leaders will be on-hand to discuss construction schedule, local impacts, and the proposed improvements being considered in this area. Please note, there will be no formal presentation – feel free to stop by the Maple Room at the Sherburne County Government Center at any point during the event to learn more about the project.

If you are unable to attend but have questions about the project, please contact Sherburne County Deputy Engineer, David Roedel at 763.765.3352.

Organics Recycling Program

Resolve to Reduce Waste in 2020

Elk River is here to help you be more sustainable and reduce your waste in 2020. One way to do this is through our free, voluntary organics recycling program open to all residents. Program participants are asked to keep food waste including meat, dairy products, coffee grounds and more in special bags out of the typical trash collection carts and then drop them off at designated dumpsters in Elk River. When you sign up for the program you’ll get a year’s worth of organics recycling bags shipped to you at no cost, and while supplies last you’ll also be able to pick up a free bin to make at-home organics recycling collection even easier! Elk River’s two disposal sites include City Hall (13065 Orono Parkway) and the Elk River Compost Site (19000 Proctor Road).
Learn more and sign up today on the city’s website at ElkRiverMN.gov/organics


City Council Agenda Available

Agenda Available for Jan. 6 Meeting

The agenda for the Monday, January 6 City Council meeting is now available online here. Up for discussion on Monday includes an update on the Woodland Trails Regional Park shelter and playground bids, a new Elk River Police Officer being sworn in, and more! 

Council meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and the third Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. or immediately following the Economic Development Authority meeting, whichever is later.

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

2020 Elk River Area Community Guide

2020 Elk River Area Community Guide

Hot off the presses – the 2020 Elk River Area Community Guide is a must read!

Each year, Prime Advertising & Design collaborates with the City of Elk River and the Elk River Chamber of Commerce to create this guide, which serves as a roadmap to the many components that make this city the vibrant and flourishing community we know and love. Explore local businesses, mark your calendars for exciting events and programs, find out what’s in store for city recreational facilities and enhancements to several major parks as part of the Active Elk River plan, and so much more!
Hard copies of the publication will be available at City Hall and other local businesses by mid-January, but until then, check out the digital version here.

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 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.

Home Stretch Workshop

Free Home Stretch Workshop, Jan. 9

If your plans for the new year include home buying, you won’t want to miss Central Minnesota Housing Partnership’s (CMHP) free Home Stretch Workshop on Thursday, January 9 at Elk River City Hall. The seminar runs from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and industry experts will cover the following topics:

  • Credit and budgeting
  • Mortgage options and down payment assistance
  • Real estate basics and the closing process
  • Home maintenance and insurance

Home Stretch Workshops are taught by local housing professionals with up to date information on home buying and ownership. CMHP instructors come from a variety of housing backgrounds including: mortgage lenders, realtors, credit counselors, loan closers and home inspectors. Participants will have the opportunity to ask important questions to assist them in their home buying process.
Registration is required. To sign up visit cmhp.net or call 320.258.0681.

Liquor Store Specials December 23 - January 5

Employment Opportunities 

  • Police Investigative Assistant - FT
  • Park Maintenance Worker - FT
  • Street Maintenance Operator II - FT
  • Election Judge - PT
  • Cablecaster - PT
  • Ice Arena Worker/Ice Resurfacer - PT

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

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