Based on accounts in the Sherburne County Star News and the Elk River Star News and compiled by Joni Astrup.

10 years ago

•Forty-two teams raised $74,000 for the American Cancer Society during the Elk River Relay for Life.

•The first 1,700 households to sign up for an organics recycling program in Elk River would receive a free cart, as the program was launched city-wide.

25 years ago

•Efforts to preserve the 117-year-old Sherburne County Courthouse in Elk River were dealt a blow when it was learned that the project would not get any money from federal transportation dollars. A group seeking to preserve the building had sought money to transform the building into a museum linked to Minnesota’s first highway commissioner, Charles Babcock, who was from Elk River.

•Jane Houlton, of Elk River, was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Courage Center in Golden Valley.

50 years ago

•The 1969 Sherburne County Fair was scheduled to run Aug. 11-13 at the fairgrounds just west of Elk River. Scheduled entertainment included the Elk River Saddle Club horse show, performing tropical birds, a show by circus acrobat Billy Orwell, a concert by two banjo artists and a county fair parade featuring three marching bands, a drum and bugle corps and floats.

•Kenneth Sarsgard was installed as commander of the Kriesel-Jacobson Post No. 560 of the American Legion in Zimmerman.

100 years ago

•Sherburne County commissioners applied to the state highway department for three Army trucks to be used to for road work in the county. The county was to pay for freight charges and to equip the trucks for road work. The trucks were built for use in France, but when the war ended the government turned them over to states to be apportioned by the state highway departments.

•A new commercial club organized in Elk River with 61 people signed up as charter members.

•A homecoming celebration was planned as part of the Sherburne County Fair to honor the soldiers, sailors and marines who served in the Great War. The celebration was planned for Oct. 2, the second day of the fair. Every soldier was to be sent a personal invitation to attend in uniform and everything would be free to the soldiers, including a dinner at noon, special entertainment and speaking in the afternoon and a dance in the evening.

•A farm known as the Orono Farm was purchased by E.A. Moldenhauer, of Sheldon, Iowa, from the Daily Bros. Moldenhauer paid $32,000 for the 120-acre farm, including the stock, horses, machinery and this year’s crop, except for the potatoes.

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