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

10 years ago

•Elk River Mayor Stephanie Klinzing administered the oath of office to Fire Chief T. John Cunningham on Oct. 5. He replaced Bruce West, who took a job with the state of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

•Southern Pacific Daylight No. 4449, a steam locomotive, passed through Elk River on its return trip to the West Coast.

•Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed Todd Schoffelman to a Tenth Judicial District trial court bench vacancy in Chisago County. He was an assistant Sherburne County attorney.

25 years ago

•”Sheep on the lam give police officers the woolies” read the headline in the Elk River Star News. The story detailed how two runaway sheep were chased by police off and on for most of a day before finally being captured near Elk River Machine — five miles from their home.

•Sherburne County officials were considering three sites as possible new locations for the county fairgrounds. Two were in the Big Lake area and a third was in Becker.

•Elk River council members voted themselves a $75 a month raise. That brought the mayor’s salary to $6,900, vice mayor to $6,300 and council members to $5,700.

50 years ago

•The Community Chorus of Elk River announced its organizational meeting and first rehearsal on Oct. 22 at 9:15 p.m. at Elk River Senior High School. The chorus was preparing for an Easter cantata, a spring concert and an Christmas carol sing in December.

•The Tender Touch Beauty Salon and Wig Shop in Elk River advertised a haircut, shampoo and set for $5.

•Elk River Cub Scout Pack 90 began selling mints and almond-filled clusters to raise money for pack expenses.

100 years ago

•Grading was underway at the site of a new village fire house in Elk River. Plans called for a building 34 by 43 feet in size with space for housing the fire apparatus, the chemical engine, gasoline pumping engine and hose carts.

•A killing frost came late to Elk River, holding off until Oct. 10, the Sherburne County Star News reported.

•Forty-five teachers were attending the annual Sherburne County Teachers’ Institute at the courthouse in Elk River.

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