In these challenging days, it is reassuring to see the many ways people are reaching out to others – doing grocery runs for the elderly, making face masks for our health professionals, offering to share our precious supplies of toilet paper and peanut butter with a neighbor.

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Over the course of the past weeks, our worlds have been collectively turned upside down by the spread of COVID-19 and regulations to slow the spread. Our community that has a long history of pulling together in times of great need now has an opportunity to respond to an unprecedented challen…

Our library buildings may be closed, including the Elk River Library, but we have many options for library services from the comfort of your home. With your library card, you can access our digital world of e-books and e-audiobooks. All you need is a computer, tablet or phone. On griver.org …

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For a hero who’s helping Minnesota families and educators cope with these challenging times, I nominate Maressa Brooks Rousslange, a kindergarten teacher (and parent) in Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Public Schools. Maressa started a Facebook group, at https://bit.ly/2WNAlj4, on March 15 to help M…

Riley Porter, a 10-year-old Elk River student, took a break from distance learning to play some hoops with his dad, Charles Porter. The Porters said the day got off to a rocky start when the system crashed, but the Parker Elementary School student was able to resume his work when the system …

This is a very scary time for all of us, something we have never experienced. The COVID-19 virus is a threat to the health and safety of all our citizens. I am not going to repeat everything you have been hearing from the federal and state government on this issue. Rather, I will talk briefl…

Gov. Tim Walz announced on March 25 a “Stay at Home” executive order and extended the current closures for bars, restaurants, and other public accommodations under previous executive orders until May 1. He also issued an executive order extending distance learning for schools until May 4.