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.

Snow Plow Operations

Plows Out in Residential Neighborhoods During Weather Warm Up

Following the cold snap of New Year's Day - current temps are feeling like a heat wave! Elk River Public Works is taking advantage of the warming temps this weekend so you can expect to see plows coming through neighborhoods scraping packed snow/ice from residential streets. While this will leave some snow along driveway edges, it is important to remove packed snow from our roads to prevent street flooding and refreeze that can occur overnight when temps drop. We apologize for any inconvenience while we perform this necessary maintenance. 


Recycle Like a Pro
2019 Trash/Recycling Schedule
The 2019 trash and recycling schedule are now available on the City of Elk River’s website. There you’ll also find information on the city's free Recycle Coach app for Android and Apple devices. In just minutes, your personalized garbage and recycling calendar will be equipped to send you weekly collection reminders wherever you are, in whatever format you choose (SMS/voice/email), customized to your specific hauler and collection zone. You’ll also be notified when holidays or inclement weather impact collection schedules. Another cool feature of Recycle Coach is the 10,000+ item directory full of household items often disposed of improperly. Simply type in the name of the item you’re curious about, the app will either tell you if it’s accepted by your hauler, or give you a list of local vendors who will be happy to take it off your hands. For more information on Elk River recycling programs, click here.

Advisory Commissions - Get Involved

City of Elk River Advisory Commission Vacancies - Apply Today

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? Here’s your chance! The City of Elk River is accepting applications for the following advisory commissions, with terms beginning March 1, 2019:

  • Arena Commission
  • Energy City Commission
  • Heritage Preservation Commission
  • Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Utilities Commission

Applications are due by close of business on Thursday, January 31. For more information about the commissions, or to apply online click here.


Christmas Tree Recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling

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 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 click here


Elk RiverFest 2019 Sponsors Needed

City Seeking Sponsors for 2019
Elk RiverFest on Saturday, July 6

The inaugural Elk RiverFest community celebration was such a success, we’re bringing it back on July 6, 2019, and we need your help to make it bigger and better than ever! Last year, more than 5,000 people gathered in downtown Elk River for food, drinks, shopping, live music, and kids’ activities – and we’re expecting an even bigger turnout in 2019! Shout out to First National Bank of Elk River who will once again be the Signature Sponsor of Elk RiverFest, and we’ve got various other sponsorship opportunities available for businesses and community organizations looking to gain exposure, while getting involved and giving back for a great cause. Inquiries about sponsorships can be made by calling Parks and Recreation at 763.635.1150, or by emailing Karen Wingard, Farmers Market and Special Events Coordinator, at kwingard@ElkRiverMN.gov

Handke Pit Outdoor Skating Rink
Outdoor Ice Rink at Handke Pit Open
Handke Pit's outdoor ice rink is officially open for the season! Grab the kids after school, sharpen your skates and head over to "The Pit" for a day of fun, or a night of skating under the lights! The warming house at Handke Pit is open weekdays from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m., and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Public Works crews will continue to sweep and water the ice sheets as much as possible during the mild temperatures expected over the next few days. Please note, the other Elk River outdoor rinks remain closed at this time. Crews hope to continue ice prep at the neighborhood rinks as weather allows. We'll let you know as soon as the additional rinks are up and running. For more information on Elk River's outdoor rinks, click here.

Farmers Market 2017

Farmers Market Seeking Vendors, Sponsors for Upcoming Season

The Elk River Farmers market attracts hundreds of people to downtown Elk River every Thursday from June through October. In fact, a University of Minnesota study noted a steady increase in market attendance in 2018, estimating roughly 20,000 visitors made a stop at the market last season. Here’s your chance to get in on the action for the upcoming 2019 season! Vendor applications are available online here, and must be filled out and turned in to Parks and Recreation located at City Hall (13065 Orono Parkway) weekdays, during normal business hours. If your business or community organization is interested in supporting the Farmers Market by becoming a sponsor, please email Karen Wingard, Farmers Market and Special Events Coordinator, at kwingard@ElkRiverMN.gov for full details.


Liquor Store Specials January 7 - 20

Employment Opportunities 

  • Winter Public Works Laborer (FT)
  • Communications Coordinator (FT)
  • Skating Instructor (PT)
  • Liquor Store Clerk (PT)

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