Weekly E-Newsletter - Summer

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

Local Option Sales Tax

Council Approves Bond
Sale Resolution

At the August 19 Elk River City Council meeting, council awarded the sale of sales tax revenue bonds to fund the Active Elk River project for recreation facility and park improvements. The $35 million issue was approved by nearly 65% of voters last November.

The city, on the strength of an AA+ bond rating by Standard & Poor’s, received seven bids. The project and the credit rating resulted in investors bidding the bonds with a true interest rate of 2.35%. Due to investor’s confidence in Elk River, the sale of $32,715,000 bonds provide for a premium offering totaling $35 million. The interest rate was nearly 50 basis points lower than projected with a savings of roughly $2.5 million dollars over 25 years.

Standard & Poor affirmed the AA+ rating noting Elk River’s excellent financial practices and policies, flexible liquidity, very strong management and the growing local economy.

Two of the Active Elk River projects – construction of the new Multipurpose Facility and improvements to Lion John Weicht Park – are already underway. Learn more about Active Elk River here.

Eco Experience at Minnesota State Fair

'Clean Energy Communities' Features
Elk River at Minnesota State Fair

Are you a fan of what the City of Elk River is doing to reduce its carbon footprint? You’re invited to stop by and visit with city staff on Monday, August 26 at the Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience building, located on the corner of Randall Avenue and Cooper Street. As part of the “Clean Energy Communities” display which features a different city each day of the fair, Elk River staff will be talking with fair-goers about the addition of Electric Vehicles to the city fleet, the installation of a 5 kW solar display at city hall, and more! Also, to show gratitude for your FANfare, we’ll be giving out free City of Elk River phone fans!

The Eco Experience, presented by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota State Fair, is full of easy, everyday tips for people to lead a more sustainable life. Hands-on activities, demonstrations, and special guests will showcase how to use green technology, transportation alternatives, clean air and water initiatives and more, in a way that will benefit our environment for generations to come. The Eco Experience building is open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day of the fair.

Elk River Fire Department

Elk River Fire Dept. Fundraiser on
September 6 at Northbound Liquor

Join us on Friday, September 6, for the Elk River Fire Department fundraiser at Northbound Liquor. We’ll have free beer, wine and craft spirit sampling from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as food, beverages and a silent auction full of amazing items! Don’t miss out on your chance to win tickets to the November 17 Vikings game vs. the Denver Broncos, or the opportunity to own a signed, authenticated, Adam Thielen jersey! We’ll also have a bunch of YETI coolers, an Apple Watch and more to bid on!

The Elk River Fire Department will use the proceeds from this fundraiser to purchase lifesaving equipment including thermal imaging cameras to help detect trapped victims and hot spots, as well as detoxifying driers to reduce cancer-causing exposure in firefighting gear.

If you can't join us at the event, simply add a donation to your total when checking out at Northbound or Westbound Liquor Stores, now through September 11, 2019.  We’ll pass your contribution to the Elk River Fire Department.

MMPA Solar Kiosk

Solar Kiosk Now Available 
at Elk River Library

The next time you visit the Elk River Library be sure to stop by the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) kiosk located in the children’s section overlooking Orono Parkway and the city’s new solar installation. This educational kiosk is part of the Hometown Solar Grant the city received to fund a 5 kW solar installation on the east side of Elk River City Hall. Complete with interactive graphics highlighting how solar power generates electricity throughout the entire process – from sun rays being absorbed by the panels which creates electricity for city hall. 

The kiosk also links to Solar Edge, which tracks in real-time the actual production in the panels across the street at the city’s solar installation. You can also check out how the weather impacted energy production from day-to-day, and learn more about environmental benefits like CO2 emissions saved and equivalent trees planted from utilizing this renewable energy.

Councilmember Christianson in Washington DC

Elk River Represented at Leadership
Conference in Washington DC

Councilmember Garrett Christianson was recently in Washington DC representing the City of Elk River at the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs Leadership Day Conference at the White House, alongside local officials from other Minnesota municipalities, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. The conference featured guest speakers, panel discussions, and FAQ sessions about federal-state-local priorities pertinent to the respective states in attendance. Some of the topics discussed included: building resilient communities through proactive planning, workforce development, emergency preparedness and effective budgeting among other things. 

Liquor Store Specials August 19 - September 1

Employment Opportunities 

  • Arena Concession Stand Clerk - PT
  • Arena Worker/Ice Resurfacer - PT
  • Payroll Specialist - PT
  • Public Works Fall Seasonal Laborer - FT
To learn more about employment opportunities with the City of Elk River, please click here.
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