Weekly E-Newsletter - Fall

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 Hours:
(M-F) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


169 Redefine Logo

169 Redefine Open House Next Tues.

You’re invited to join staff from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), City of Elk River and Sherburne County, on Tuesday, October 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Elk River City Hall (13065 Orono Parkway) for an informal open house to discuss 169 Redefine. At the event, attendees can view the preliminary design that will convert Hwy 169 to a freeway.

All are welcome at the open house - residents, business representatives, and any other interested parties. The project team will be available to answer questions and address any concerns. When complete in 2024, the estimated $157 million Corridors of Commerce funded project will increase capacity, reduce bottle necks, and improve overall traffic flow and accessibility and safety for motorists and pedestrians. 

Never miss a 169 Redefine update by signing up for Notify Me, the city’s online notification tool which sends project-specific updates straight to your email or smartphone, whenever new information becomes available. Additional information on this MnDOT project can be found on the city’s website


Active Elk River - Lion John Weicht Park New Renderings

Active Elk River Update -
Work Kicks off at YAC

Since mid-summer we’ve been providing updates on the improvements to Lion John Weicht Park and construction of the new multipurpose facility, two of several projects that make up the Active Elk River plan. This week, the first phase of another Active Elk River project at the Youth Athletic Complex (YAC) kicked off. View the photos on Elk River City Government's Facebook page.

On Wednesday, October 23, 36 light poles, 360 light fixtures, two miles of electric cable to be buried, two new transformers and four electrical control panels were delivered to YAC. Elk River Municipal Utilities and city Park Maintenance staff have marked all underground utilities and the vendor has staked pole locations. Installation of underground utilities is expected to begin next week, followed by installation of the poles and fixtures next. This project will light four softball fields and two baseball fields, and is expected to be completed by mid-December, weather depending. Other improvements coming to YAC include a playground, modern restrooms and concessions.

Construction on these upgrades will begin in spring 2020. Learn about all of the Active Elk River projects and stay informed on the progress of each project on the designated Active Elk River website.


Fall Clean Up Day Success

Fall Clean Up Day Success

Snow and rain didn't stop hundreds of people from coming out to recycle or dispose of unwanted household items at Elk River's annual Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 12. City staff members in charge of the event estimate the following totals were dropped off during the four hour clean up:

  • 134 appliances
  • 152 TVs (various sizes)
  • 166 electronic items
  • 106 furniture items
  • 155 mattresses and box springs
  • 14 car seats
  • 295 tires
  • TBD amounts of scrap metal and other general trash items
Thank you to all who participated, and if you missed this event – don’t worry we’ll have one in the spring as well!

Fall Yard Waste Reminder

Fall Yard Waste Reminder

Forecasts are calling for a gorgeous weekend – perfect for some fall yard work! When you’re out raking leaves or getting that final grass mowing in please remember everything that enters a storm drain goes directly to a local lake, river or pond. It does not go to a wastewater treatment facility, which means leaves, grass clippings and ALL that comes with them (fertilizer, pet waste, trash, soil, etc.) are being carried to our water bodies.

Elk River City Code prohibits intentionally disposing of grass, leaves, dirt, or landscaping material into a water resource, catch basin or public right-of-way. Grass and other vegetative debris in lakes and rivers decays, consuming oxygen and releasing phosphorus, a plant nutrient responsible for foul-smelling water, algae blooms, and negative health impacts to aquatic wildlife. For more information, or to report illegal dumping in storm drains, visit click here


Liquor Store Specials Oct 14-27

Employment Opportunities 

  • Code Enforcement Officer - FT
  • Election Judge - PT
  • Wastewater Treatment Systems Operator - FT
  • Cablecaster - PT
  • Secretary/Receptionist - PT
  • Warming House Attendant - PT
  • Ice Arena Worker/Ice Resurfacer - PT
  • Public Works Fall Seasonal Laborer - FT
  • Liquor Store Clerk - PT

To learn more about employment opportunities with the city click here.


Upcoming Meetings

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