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!


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Climate Smart Municipalities Elk River Delegates

Climate Smart Municipalities Delegate Prepares to Travel to Germany

City of Elk River staff involved in the Climate Smart Municipalities program, a collaborative initiative with six Minnesota cities and six partner cities in the German state of North Rhein-Westphalia, the University of Minnesota and officials from the State of Minnesota and North Rhein-Westphalia, showed off a handmade gift for their partner city of Iserlohn, Germany.

Planning Manager Zack Carlton is headed to Germany to learn about innovative programs and practices, visit climate-smart energy facilities and work with partner communities to develop specific strategies for reducing our energy footprint while boosting the local economy. Senior Planner Chris Leeseberg crafted the creative plaque which includes city boundary lines, logos and a wind turbine with the two downward windmill blades pointing to the location of each city hall.

The Climate Smart Municipalities program is coordinated by the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment and funded through the German government’s Transatlantikprogramm. What started out as a three-year partnership was extended by the German government for two additional years. The goal of the program is to learn about the unique energy and climate issues the partner cities face, and collaborate to create innovative programs and practices that will push us all toward becoming more sustainable communities, both locally and globally. A delegation of German government officials visited Minnesota last July.

Pictured (left to right): Chris Leeseberg, Senior Planner, Amanda Bednar, Environmental Coordinator, Cal Portner, City Administrator, and Zack Carlton, Planning Manager


Great River Energy Elk River Facility

Great River Energy Announces
Elk River Facility to be Demolished 

On Monday, September 16 Great River Energy (GRE) announced plans to decommission and demolish its Elk River facility in the spring of 2020.

Read the full press release here.


The City of Elk River plans to work closely with GRE staff members to ensure any information that may impact residents and/or commuters is communicated in a timely manor. In addition to the press release linked above,GRE has created a FAQ page with additional information on Elk River Energy Recovery Station's decommissioning and demolition. 


ERFD Fundraiser Huge Success

Elk River Liquor Stores Raise $5,500 for Lifesaving ERFD Equipment

We’d like to thank all of the Northbound and Westbound Liquor Store customers who gave generously to the Elk River Fire Department Fundraiser. With your support, over $5,500 was raised for the Elk River Fire Department, which will fund the purchase of life-saving rescue equipment that utilizes state-of-the-art thermal imaging technology.
 
Customers gave generously through monetary donations at the register, and by bidding on silent auction items during the fundraiser at Northbound Liquor on Friday, September 6. The event was well attended, and included beer and wine tasting, casual visiting with firefighters, tours of the ladder truck, and tasty meals from Thai1on food truck. Not to mention, attendees had lots of great items to bid on, donated by MillerCoors, Dahlheimer Beverage and several others.
 
The support of the Elk River community has been incredible. Our city raised the second highest amount in the state among other municipal liquor stores who participated in this fundraising campaign. Thank you Elk River residents!


Curt Crane - Volunteer of the Month Sept 2019

September Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to Curt Crane, Elk River’s September Volunteer of the Month! Curt is very busy in our community, serving in multiple ways through various organizations and projects. Curt has taught English as a Second Language for the Adult Basic Education Program here in Elk River. He has generously given his time and talents to students at Saint Andrew Catholic School by teaching Music Masterpiece and Orchestra Masterpiece classes and driving for school field trips. Curt has also assisted the Elk River Parks and Recreation Department with buckthorn eradication efforts. On a regular basis, Curt actively volunteers at CAER Food Shelf, distributing food at Angels High Rise, making food deliveries and assisting with restocking shelves within the CAER facility.

Curt Crane, thank you for all of the ways you contribute to our community – we appreciate you!

Each month the City of Elk River recognizes individuals for their outstanding volunteer efforts. Learn about award eligibility and nominate someone click here


Garage Sale Signs in Elk River

Hosting a Fall Garage Sale?

Driving around town you'll likely see a number of garage/yard sale signs as residents begin their fall clean up routines. Signs are an important and effective way to get the word out about these kinds of events, but where you place the signs is equally as important. Elk River City Code allows signs to be placed on private property, with the owner’s permission. Signs placed in public right-of-ways are prohibited and are removed by Code Enforcement Officers. We don’t want your signs - help us help you by NOT placing signs in the following areas:

  • In the public right-of-way which is generally 10 feet from the curb into a yard
  • On existing objects within the right-of-way like utility poles, street lights, trees, traffic signs, etc.
  • In the median of a divided roadway
  • On a sidewalk or boulevard
  • On city property, including ball fields, park benches, playgrounds, etc.

Signs removed by Elk River city staff are left in a bin outside of the Elk River Maintenance Facility, located at 19000 Procter Ave. Please keep in mind, this bin is accessible to everyone so if your sign is a good one, it may not last long.
 
Still have questions? Please call Code Enforcement at 763.635.1067 or visit the city's website.


2018 Mayor for a Day Essay Winners

'Mayor for a 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! The League of Minnesota Cities’ annual Mayor for a Day essay contest asks young people to explain how they’d enhance and improve these vital city services. Handwritten essays will be accepted through Monday, October 14. For full contest rules and to download an entry form, click here.

Three winners will be selected to receive $100, and have their essays published in an upcoming edition of Minnesota Cities magazine. Last year, 450 students from around Minnesota submitted essays, of those six were selected for recognition, two of which were VandenBerge Middle School students pictured here (Avery Louder and Breanna Bode with Mayor Dietz).



Fall Clean Up, October 12

Fall Clean Up, October 12

Mark your calendar for the City of Elk River’s Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 12 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Maintenance Facility (19000 Proctor Ave. NW). This event is open to all Sherburne County residents (with proof of residency), and gives people an opportunity to recycle or dispose of unwanted household items for free, or at a discounted rate. Appliances, electronics, mattresses, tires, bicycles, and more can be disposed of at the event. Please review the list of accepted items and complete the form before arrival. Credit cards will not be accepted, so please bring cash or check for payment.
 
Full details and forms available here. Contact the Environmental Division for additional information at 763-635-1000 or via email.


20th Annual Family Spooktacular

20th Annual Family Spooktacular

Toddlers and teens alike will enjoy the spooktacular festivities as they arrive in costume to collect candy and treats from participating businesses and organizations. Each paid participant will receive a free, reusable bag for trick-or-treating. We’ll have all sorts of activities such as hayrides, crafts, games and music. Compete in our costume contest where there’s no set theme, so anything goes. You can be scary, funny or just plain creative!

The event runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 and is open to all ages. Please note, due to construction at Lions Park, this year’s event will be held at Orono Park. 

Tickets are just $3 in advance, or $5 at the door. Buy online now or stop by the City of Elk River Parks and Recreation office located at 13065 Orono Parkway.

Elk River Parks and Recreation is looking for local businesses and organizations to join the fun. Boost your brand awareness by sponsoring a booth on the Treat Trail. There is no cost for space, we just ask that you bring treats for our guests! To sign up or learn more click here.



Liquor Store Specials

Liquor Store Specials Sept 16-29

Employment Opportunities 

  • Community Service Officer I - PT

  • Accounting Clerk - FT

  • Arena Concession Stand Clerk - PT

  • Ice Arena Worker/Ice Resurfacer - 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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