Weekly E-Newsletter - Summer

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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 Summer Hours:
(M-Th) 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(F) 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Elk River Wayfinding Signs

Wayfinding Project Hits Milestone 

Installation of one of Elk River’s two monument city entrance signs took place this week! Crews from Graphic House Inc. spent two days erecting the signs - one on the west side of Hwy 169, the other on the south side of Hwy 10, which were designed by Visual Communications Inc.

The City of Elk River’s wayfinding program is a comprehensive plan for all city signage to not only ensure consistency and continuity, but also ease navigation for visitors and enhance experiences. This is an exciting time to see a plan that was developed for 4+ years through community input and Commission and City Council deliberation, begin to come to fruition.


Multipurpose Facility Groundbreaking

Local Leaders Break Ground on 
New Multipurpose Facility

On Wednesday, July 10 was an exciting day in Elk River as local leaders broke ground on a new Multipurpose Facility, which will be constructed on the site of the existing Elk River Arena and adjacent land. The project kick-off highlighted the collaborative efforts of the city, ISD 728, local athletic associations, the local business community and senior citizens, all of whom provided guidance and support as Elk River City Council developed the Active Elk River project scope. A connection to past leadership was showcased as a number of the original Elk River Arena developers also turned new dirt in a remake of their original efforts in 1971 when The Barn Rink was constructed.

The Multipurpose Facility is the first of several projects that make up Active Elk River, a comprehensive plan to reinvest in the city’s recreational facilities, major parks, and most significant outdoor/natural resources, made possible by the voters of Elk River. Demolition of The Barn Rink will begin in the next few days, with an estimated completion of the new facility expected by fall of 2020. 

“This facility will be a place that truly has something to offer everyone – whether you’re 5 or 95 years old,” said Mayor John Dietz. The facility will serve year-round ice, field turf, and dry floor events. There will be a 30,000-square-foot field house, catering café for community events, and dedicated senior citizen space for expanded services and programming. Improvements to Lion John Weicht Park, just south of the new Multipurpose Facility, are also underway and include two lighted ball fields, modern restrooms, a 100-person pavilion, concessions and expanded parking.  

To learn more about these two projects, and others that make up the Active Elk River plan, please click here. Here you’ll find details on each project, including construction updates, photos, and more. Check out the full groundbreaking celebration photo album on the Elk River City Government Facebook page.



Local Option Sales Tax

Star Tribune Article Features
Local Option Sales Tax Information

Recently, City Administrator Cal Portner was quoted along with several other leaders from different Minnesota municipalities implementing a local options sales tax in their respective communities.

"A local-option sales tax offers cities a way to bring in revenue without raising property taxes, which spreads out the cost among everyone who spends money in a city or county, resident or not." 

Read the full article here.

Stay informed about all things Active Elk River by visiting Active Elk River's website.


Sherburne Co Roundabout Project

Sherburne Co. Roundabout Project

Construction of roundabouts at CSAH 13 at CR 40 (Cleveland St.) and CSAH 13 and CSAH 33 (Viking Blvd.) began on Monday, July 15. The intersection of CSAH 13 and CR 40 is completely closed during construction, with an anticipated completion date set for late August. Click here to see the detour map. The intersection of CSAH 13 and CSAH 33 will remain open during construction, with completion set for late September.

For more information on the roundabout project, please contact Sherburne County Public Works at 763.765.3352.


Elk RiverFest 2019 Thank You

Elk RiverFest 2019 = SUCCESS

Elk RiverFest 2019, you did not disappoint! We can't begin to thank the 7,000+ people who spent Saturday, July 6 with us in beautiful downtown Elk River, not to mention the many vendors, businesses, sponsors, staff and volunteers who helped make this celebration a huge success!

Please, tag your friends, family, businesses, vendors, and others you see flipping through these awesome captured moments!

Until next year - THANK YOU for the memories!

A full Elk RiverFest photo album can be found on the city's Facebook page.


Liquor Store Specials July 22 - August 4

Employment Opportunities 

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