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 week!

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

Elk River Snow Operations
Smart Salting in Practices 
Have you ever stopped to think about what happens to the tons and tons of salt that goes down on our roads, parking lots, and sidewalks each winter? Most of it ends up in our lakes, streams, and wetlands, which in turn puts a significant strain on the aquatic health of these waterbodies. Elk River Public Works continues to make great strides toward a more environmentally-friendly snow and ice removal system, while keeping roadways as safe as possible. One example of this is Elk River’s pre-treatment operation, which utilizes a 23.3 percent sodium chloride brine solution spread throughout the city’s roadways prior to forecasted inclement weather. This pre-treatment allows for melting to begin as soon as precipitation meets the roadway, minimizing the amount of solid road salt necessary, while also allowing for more efficient clearing during and after a weather event. Pre-treatment (and other best practices) have resulted in a 10 percent reduction in salt use, and as new technology and equipment emerge the city hopes to bring that reduction to 20 percent in the next five years.

Also, all Public Works staff members hold a Level 1 Road Salt Certification from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, which provides useful information to improve operator effectiveness and for reducing chloride pollution while keeping roads, parking lots, and sidewalks safe. The city itself holds a Level 2 Road Salt Certification, where best practices are created, assessed, and proof of reduced salt consumption is required to remain certified.  



Santa in the Park, December 8

Santa Visits Elk River Tomorrow

Santa and Mrs. Claus are making a stop in downtown Elk River this Saturday, December 8 from noon to 3:00 p.m. Have your photo taken with Santa at Rivers Edge Commons Park, meet his reindeer and other furry friends at the petting zoo, and if you’re one of the first 350 kids you’ll take home a holiday goodie bag! Bring an unwrapped gift to donate to Elk River Fire Department’s second annual Fill a Fire Truck Toy Drive, with the goal of ensuring all children within the fire service area have at least one gift on Christmas morning.

This free event is made possible through collaboration with Elk River Parks and Recreation and the Rivers Edge Downtown Business Association. 

Operation: Fill a Fire Truck

Operation: Fill a Fire Truck 
Seeking Donations Through Dec. 15

Elk River Fire Department’s second annual holiday toy drive Operation: Fill a Fire Truck is underway and your help is needed to ensure children in the area have at least one toy under the tree this Christmas! ERFD are seeking donations of new, unwrapped gifts for boys and girls up to age 17 – everything from stuffed animals, to dolls, movies, books, sports equipment, and more are needed. Please note, monetary donations are not accepted, however gift cards are a great way to fill the gap among age groups in which toy donations are lacking. Donations will be accepted through December 15 at the following locations: Fire Station #2 (Monday through Friday during normal business hours), 101 Market, Elk River Lutheran Church, and TAKEOFF Nutrition.

ERPD Citizen's Academy

Apply Now - ERPD Citizen's Academy

The Elk River Police Department is now accepting applications for the popular Citizen’s Academy, a program designed to strengthen the partnership between law enforcement professionals and the community they serve. Citizen’s Academy participants will gain a better understanding of many divisions that make up ERPD including SWAT, patrol, evidence processing, crime prevention, and more. They’ll also get hands-on training in officer use of force, range shooting, and have the option to participate in a ride-along. Citizen’s Academy is an eight-week program, which meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. starting February 5 through March 26.

Space is limited and preference will be given to those who live or work in Elk River. Participants must be 21 years or older, and must be able to pass a criminal background check. Applications can be found online at ElkRiverMN.gov/CitizensAcademy, and must be submitted by December 31 via email to lcanton@ElkRiverMN.gov, in person to ERPD located at 13077 Orono Parkway, or by mail (postmarked by or before December 31). 




Elk River Liquor Store Specials


Please note the following holiday hours for both Northbound and Westbound stores:

Christmas Eve: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Christmas Day: Closed
New Year's Eve: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
New Year's Day: Closed

Liquor Store Specials December 10 - 23

Employment Opportunities 

  • Liquor Store Clerk (FT)
  • Warming House Attendant (PT)
  • Liquor Store Clerk (PT)

To learn more about employment opportunities with the City of Elk River, please click here.
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