Weekly E-Newsletter - Fall

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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 week!

City Hall Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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City Launches 'Active Elk River' Referendum Website

The City of Elk River launched a new website www.ActiveElkRiver.com, on Monday, September 17 to provide residents with information about the Local Option Sales Tax Referendum to support parks and recreation improvements which will appear on the November 6 ballot. 

The referendum asks for a half-cent sales tax to pay for the bonds needed to finance $35 million in recreational and outdoor projects that will cover a wide range of enhancements and improvements, including a Multipurpose Recreation Facility and upgrades and additions at several city parks. After hearing input from residents and considering several options, the City Council decided the current plan will best serve the entire community in the most economical way, in part because the sales tax will be paid by all making purchases in the city, not just Elk River residents.

The plan features a major remodeling of the current city-owned ice arena into a Multipurpose Recreation Facility which includes replacing two failing ice rinks, expanding the lobby, dressing and meeting space, adding a 30,000 square-foot turf field house, and designated space for senior programming space to meet the needs of our growing 55+ community. Other projects will focus on upgrading Orono Park with a splashpad, skateboard park, pickleball courts and modern restrooms. Lion John Weicht Park and the Youth Athletic Complex will receive turf field enhancements, field lighting, concession/storage areas and modern restrooms. Further, trails will see greater connections and improvements, while matching funds to dredge Lake Orono are included which will improve water quality, expand wildlife habitat and reduce invasive species.

The referendum will not be the final word on the sales tax proposal. If residents approve the referendum, the Minnesota Legislature must ratify the decision in an upcoming legislative session. Until that occurs, no bonds can be sold that are backed by the sales tax.

Residents can go to www.ActiveElkRiver.com to find out more information about the referendum, the city’s strategic plan and the tax impact on local property owners. There is also a Frequently Asked Questions page that answers questions from community members, and information on voting.


Early Voting

November 6 General Election

Early Voting Starts September 21

Early voting is now open for the November 6 General Election. Vote early in person, or by mail through November 5. In person early voting can be done at the following locations:


Elk River City Hall - 13065 Orono Parkway
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sherburne County Government Center - 13880 Business Center Drive NW (Elk River)
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 27 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Ballots are also available by mail if a request is made to Sherburne County by calling 763.765.4351, or by filling out the online form available here: www.mnvotes.org. Election Day is November 6, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. If you have not registered, you can register to vote here before October 16. Same day voter registration is also available at your polling location on November 6. For more information, please click here.



Household Hazardous Waste Collection

County to Host Three Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events

Unsure of how/where to dispose of chemicals, paints, and other items you wouldn’t normally put in the trash? Safely get rid of those items at one of Sherburne County’s upcoming Household Hazardous Waste Collection events: 

  • Monday, September 24 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 25 (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, September 26 (7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
All of the collection events are at the Sherburne County Fairgrounds, located at 13372 Business Center Drive in Elk River. This is free for all Sherburne County residents – just be sure to bring an I.D. Accepted items include: adhesives, aerosols, automotive chemicals (NOT including motor oil), car batteries, cleaning products, fuel, fluorescent bulbs, pool chemicals, paints, poisons, and more. For a complete list of accepted items, and prohibited products, please click here.

Also, please keep in mind if you have larger household items that need disposing of including mattresses, appliances, televisions, etc. you won't want to miss the City of Elk River's Fall Clean Up on Saturday, October 20. Full details on this low-cost disposal event can be found here.

Mayor for the Day Essay Contest

Mayor for the Day Essay Contest

Calling all Minnesota students in grades fourth, fifth, and sixth – we’d love to hear what Elk River would be like if you were Mayor for the day! Cities provide a variety of services and programs that make our lives better, including police, fire, street maintenance, parks and recreation services, libraries, utilities, and so much more! "Minnesota Cities" magazine wants to hear from area youth on how they would make one of these city services even better. Entries must be postmarked by October 12 and mailed to: League of Minnesota Cities ATTN: Mayor for a Day, 145 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 55103. Three winners will be selected to receive $100, and have their essays published in an upcoming edition of "Minnesota Monthly" magazine.

If an Elk River student is chosen as a finalist, they’ll get the full “Mayor for the Day” treatment, including a tour of city facilities and recognition at an upcoming City Council meeting. For more information on the 2018 Mayor for a Day essay contest, please click here.



Advisory Commission Openings

Get Involved by Joining an
Elk River Advisory Commission

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Here’s your chance - join an Elk River advisory commission! Currently, the City of Elk River is in need of volunteers for the Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Energy City Commission. Advisory commission applications are available by clicking here

There are two openings on the Heritage Preservation Commission, which reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on issues pertaining to the historical, archaeological, engineering, and cultural heritage of Elk River. Eligible volunteers must reside in Elk River, and be available to attend quarterly meetings on the third Thursday in January, April, July, and October.

Eligible Energy City Commission applicants do not have to be an Elk River resident, however the individual must be a residential or commercial customer of at least one city service (water, sewer, trash collection, and/or electricity). The goal of the Energy City Commission is to promote Elk River as a hub of energy technology and manufacturing through demonstrations, use of “green” products, and the adoption of sustainable living practices. This commission has quarterly meetings on the third Wednesday in February, May, August, and November.


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Join Elk River on Nextdoor

The City of Elk River is now on Nextdoor, the private social networking website and mobile app designed for specific neighborhoods. Many neighborhoods in Elk River already have established pages on the free site, and now city staff can communicate to residents town-wide, or to those in specific neighborhoods about a variety of topics including: emergency alerts, street closures, construction project updates, public safety information, community events, and so much more!

Elk River is joining more than 2,000 public agencies already utilizing Nextdoor as an added way to engage with residents, gather feedback, and get important information out to the community. If you’re interested in learning more about Nextdoor, including how to join, please visit www.elkriverMN.gov/nextdoor.  



Family Spooktacular

Save the Date - Family Spooktacular

Don’t miss the 19th annual Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 27 at Lion John Weicht Park (1104 Lions Park Drive). Toddlers to teens are invited to dress up in their best costume for a night of trick-or-treating from participating businesses and organizations, games, a DJ and hay ride, bounce houses, bingo, and more! There will be individual costume contests for kids up to age 4, another for ages 5 to 13, as well as a group/family category for three or more people. Spooktacular is from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., and people are encouraged to register online for early bird ticket pricing of $3 per person by clicking here, or stopping by Elk River Parks and Recreation during regular business hours. Tickets will also be available at the event for $5 per participants. Please note, tickets are only needed for those partaking in the activities - parents/adults accompanying children are free of charge.


If you’re a local business/organization looking to take a more active role in the community, Parks and Recreation is still seeking Treat Trail sponsors. There is no cost to have a table at Spooktacular, however it is up to you to provide the “treats” for participants. If interested in sponsoring, please click here.


Current Job Openings

  • Liquor Store Clerk (PT)
  • Recreation Program Lead (PT)
  • Recreation Program Assistant (PT)
  • Ice Arena Worker/Ice Resurfacer (PT)
To learn more about any of these job opportunities with the City of Elk River, please click here.

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