Based on accounts in the Sherburne County Star News and the Elk River Star News and compiled by Joni Astrup.
10 years ago
•T. John Cunningham was chosen as Elk River’s new fire chief. He replaced Bruce West, who retired and took a job with the state of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management. There were 25 applicants for the fire chief position. Cunningham previously was fire chief of the Sound Beach Fire Rescue Department in Old Greenwich, Conn.
•A store operated by Faith in Action and selling used furniture and home decor items opened in downtown Elk River.
25 years ago
•Plans for a Target superstore in Elk River — combining a Target store and a grocery store under one roof — fell through. However, Target was still on track to construct a 90,000-square-foot Target store in Elk River’s Elk Park Center, located north of School Street and west of Highway 169.
50 years ago
•Army Specialist 4th Class Wayde Huso, 20, of Big Lake, was the area’s latest victim of the Vietnam War. He was killed by enemy rocket mortar fire near Saigon on Aug. 13, 1969.
100 years ago
•The Elk River school board delayed opening school by one week because of a busy season on area farms. School boys and girls helped supply the labor to harvest an exceptionally good crop.
•A movement was underway to reorganize the Elk River Band, which “fell to pieces” during World War I when many young men answered the call and went to war.