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Elk River American Legion Timeline


May 6: Private Paul Corey Davis, the first Sherburne County boy to die, succumbs  to pneumonia in France.

Nov. 11: WWI ends.


Sept. 2: Elk River American Legion Post 112, Paul Corey Davis Post, charter has 30 signatures.

Nov. 13: First officers elected


Aug. 27: Permanent charter is received at Elk River.


Dec. 7: Japan bombs Pearl Harbor.

Dec. 8: President Roosevelt declares war.


Sept. 9: 1st Lieutenant Robert M. Darrow killed in Italy.


Jan. 15: Sergeant George Meyer killed in Belgium.

May and August: WWII ends.

June 11: First national Flag Day.


March 7: Post 112 members sign a new charter to recognize two Elk River men killed in WW II, and Post is renamed Davis-Darrow-Meyer American Legion Post 112.


U.S. Army Air Corps becomes U.S. Air Force.

Post 112 Ladies Auxiliary is formed.


Post builds a 30 x 70 foot building with cash donations and volunteer labor.


Post builds a 34 x 36 foot addition with basement and public meeting rooms.


Post builds another 30 x 36 foot space with a basement added, mainly for a game room.


Post 112, Sons of the American Legion charter is received from National on October 21.


The south extension, a 36 x 100 foot addition, was added, and some remodeling was done in the old lounge and hall, so it could be divided; a larger kitchen, new restrooms, a larger lounge, manager’s office and coat room were completed.

The post establishes an Honor Guard jointly with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5518.


Karen Luark becomes the first female commander of Post 112 and serves six terms (1996, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2007).


Post 112 Legion Riders Charter is started.


Tom Kulkay is elected for his seventh term as commander of Post 112, which is the longest tenure in the 100-year history. of Post 112.

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Pop Rocks will close out the 2019 Riverfront Concert Series season with a dance party rock show Thursday, Aug. 22. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at Rivers Edge Commons Park, 679 Main St., in downtown Elk River.

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One of Jenny Ziebarth’s favorite memories of her father was seeing him on a pontoon fishing with his grandchildren while spending a relaxing day at Veteran’s Lake in Ramsey.

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Elk River City Council members don’t seem to support a “T21” ordinance proposal that would raise the legal age for purchasing tobacco products in Sherburne County to age 21.

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The Fabulous Armadillos, a classic rock group from St. Cloud, will hit the Riverfront Concert Series stage on Thursday, Aug. 8. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. at Rivers Edge Commons Park, 679 Main St., in downtown Elk River.

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Gary Lilja, a 1970 graduate of Elk River High School, dreamed of going to the British Open someday, but it wasn’t until three of his classmates stepped up in 2017 that he was able to turn his dream into a reality.

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City officials got a preliminary look at what the city’s property tax levy and budget could be next year as they heard more budget requests during the last of two special budget hearings on July 29.

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Elk River escaped serious damage brought on by thunderstorms punctuated by hail and tornadoes over the weekend, but one local residence got the brunt of the Friday, July 26, storm that started with thunder and lightning followed by rain and hail.

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Relay of Voices, a four-month-long expedition from the headwaters to the mouth of the Mississippi River, launched on July 9 and pulled into Monticello on July 27 before making its way to Elk River on July 28.

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Sherburne County hired Bruce Messelt as its next county administrator. His hiring became official when the board of commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract that calls for Messelt to take over the job Aug. 19.

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A sea of lights illuminated the evening sky at the Sherburne County Jail on Friday, July 12, as more than 300 people gathered as part of the national Lights for Liberty, an event to bring awareness to the conditions of immigration detention facilities along the southern border and closer to home.

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An elderly Big Lake Township man was found dead Monday after the lawnmower he was riding tipped over, rolled down a steep bank and landed on him in the Mississippi River, according to Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott.

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The process of auctioning off Roger “Bill” Dickenson’s substantial collection of collector cars, vintage motorcycles, music boxes, pianos, children’s toys and so much more will begin on Friday, July 19, in Zimmerman.

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A districtwide project to repave parking lots can go ahead now that Elk River Area Public Schools has a contractor for the work. The school board awarded a $304,140.85 contract to Allied Pavement Company of Maple Grove on Monday night. The district sought to repave several parking lots acros…

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Local high school junior Aidan Barnes is bound for Bermuda this summer — not for vacation, but to participate in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps International Exchange Program.

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Downtown Elk River’s popular outdoor concert series will kick off for the season on Thursday, June 20, with a Buddy Holly tribute band and a special appearance by the 728 Cadets marching band.