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It started to rain on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 4 in Zimmerman at the home of retired Minnesota Army National Guard Master Sgt. Launette Figliuzzi. Figliuzzi was being discharged from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center after suffering a spinal stroke on Friday, May 29. She was expecting …

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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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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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Dozens of nature enthusiasts took advantage of the break in the rainy weather on Saturday, May 25, and rolled out for a Spring Photography Hike at the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. Hosted by members of the Sherburne Photography Club, the two-hour event was an opportunity for both buddi…

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Zimmerman’s Wild West Days marked its 49th year, offering a Memorial Day weekend of fun for all ages. With a carnival, a car and bike show, the Wild West Mercantile, and the Grand Parade, there was something for everyone at the four-day event.

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The decisions at the Elk River Area School Board’s May 20 special school board meeting were a foregone conclusion, as board members approved budgets for next year that include a total of $10.2 million in cuts.

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The cure for loneliness may be just a click away. Nathan Lipinski, a former Zimmerman resident currently attending University of Minnesota, Duluth, is developing Plat, an app with the specific purpose of helping people find and develop platonic friendships to address what experts have called…

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Sherburne County residents took to Minnesotan lakes, rivers and streams on May 11 for the fishing opener, including many who hit one of Sherburne’s 16 lakes that have been pulled under a collective wing.

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The Sherburne County Board on May 7 directed Sheriff Joel Brott and the administrations of the county and jail operations to put the county’s best foot forward in hopes of securing an expansion to the jail being sought by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is offering two free guided bird tours. The first will be from 8 to 10 a.m. May 11, starting at the Mahnomen Trailhead (approximately 5 miles west of Highway 169 on County Road 9). The second tour will be from 8 to 10 a.m. May 18, beginning at the Blue Hill…

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Results of a random sample scientific phone survey of the community conducted earlier this month showed strong support for the Elk River Area School District in terms of educational quality, staff, academic programs and financial management.

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Motorists will be required to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone while driving on Minnesota roads starting Aug. 1 under a bill that Gov. Tim Walz signed Friday to crack down on the growing problem of distracted driving.

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Lexi Ann, a dog severely burned in a house fire here in Minnesota, has finally found her forever home, and has two heroes to thank for her second chance: Sara Hecklinski, her foster mom who nursed her back to health, and Travis Oliver, a firefighter from Indiana, who adopted her.

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Summer vacation is just around the corner, and kids and parents alike are already looking for activities and opportunities for those warm, sun-soaked months. Sherburne County 4-H is offering youth in grades 4-8 the opportunity to attend a fun and affordable overnight summer camp at the Norwa…

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Elk River Area Schools won’t be financially penalized for its winter-weather closures this year, but students will have to stay two days later than planned.