Based on accounts in the Sherburne County Star News and the Elk River Star News and compiled by Joni Astrup.
10 years ago
•Robert Elveru was named the new president of the Elk River Rotary Club, succeeding Robert Maxwell.
•The city of Rogers sold the former Word of Peace Church property to NorthRidge Fellowship Church for $874,500. NorthRidge started in 2000 and had most recently been meeting in Rogers Elementary School.
25 years ago
•Gov. Arne Carlson took a tour through UltraPac in Rogers and declared the company to be “the essence of the American dream.”
•Twins pitcher Scott Erickson came to Elk River Ford to sign autographs but went home with a marriage proposal. Lori Moeller, of White Bear Lake, popped the question after Erickson signed an autograph for her. His answer? “Not while I’m playing baseball.”
•Bill Huntley and Margaret Bilyeu were named Sherburne County’s outstanding senior citizens.
•U.S. Congressman Jim Oberstar, D-Minnesota, hosted a town hall meeting at Elk River City Hall. About 30 people attended. He answered a number of questions on topics ranging from health care and media coverage of the O.J. Simpson case to the Fairness Doctrine and Social Security.
50 years ago
•The Jaycees chapters of Champlin and Elk River were planning a canoe race on the Mississippi River from Elk River to Champlin, tentatively set for Aug. 24.
•Tommy Cash was scheduled to headline at the Elk Lake Pavilion in Zimmerman. Cash was a popular recording star who was featured on the Johnny Cash Show and the Tonight Show.
100 years ago
•W.T. Parry, county agent, reported the first threshing of the season in Sherburne County. Earl Keller’s crop of rye was put through the separator and averaged 15 bushels per acre. It was sold in Minneapolis at $1.57 per bushel.
•The Sherburne County Cow Testing Association reported that the top producing cow for the 30 days ending July 15 was Margaret Clay, a shorthorn owned by S.R. Houlton. She produced 56.3 pounds of butterfat and 1,224 pounds of milk. Other top cows were May, Lily, Kitty, Baker, Bess, Lady Ann and Rose, representing a variety of breeds including Guernsey, Jersey and Shorthorn.