Category Archives: Elk River Living

Elk River Business Spotlight: Flowers Plus

Today we are starting what we feel we will do about once a week through this blog and on 365 Things To Do Around Elk River, MN on Facebook; which is to spotlight a local business!

Today’s business is Flower Plus of Elk River. Your Elk River local florist shop changed owners ship moving into 2011 and the new owner is Samantha Schulze.  Samantha has worked at the shop since she was 15 years old and brings her passion, energy and experience as the new owner!

On the 365 Things To Do Around Elk River, MN page there will soon be a video posted to tag along with this blog post (most of you probably watched the video before clicking on this link).

Promotion 1: Now through Jan. 31st for $20 you can purchase a coupon card which will get you a free flowers and discounts.

Promotion 2: For those who see this blog or see the video on Flowers Plus Facebook page or our 365 Things To Do Around Elk River, Mn page – You can stop in the store for a free flower in the next 24 hours!!  Call 763-441-2598 if you have questions.

Flowers Plus is located at 518 Freeport Ave. NW in Elk River. Click here to go to there website!


Author: Chuck Carstensen, Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX…Online Marketing Specialist –

If you have an event or business you would like spotlighted call Chuck at 612-290-3809 or email


Elk River’s “ICE BREAK 2011” on Lake Orono!

Buy your ticket this year for the Elk River car plunge 2011.  The Chamber of Commerce in Elk River is giving you a chance to pick the time of the day the car will plunge through the ice on Lake Orono.  The winner of this years Elk River “ICE BREAK 2011” will win $2011. Call the Chamber of Commerce for more details!  763.441.3110

Visit the 365 Things to do Around Elk River Page at this link!

Posted by Chuck Carstensen – Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX and Social Media/Online Marketer. Contact Chuck at 612-290-3809 or to get your Business or Event spotlighted!


Presented by Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW

Friday, December 10th
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Elk River High School

The festivities start with a soup, supper and silent auction. Once we are full and have spent our money, we will board the charter buses for our tour of homes decorated for the season!

All proceeds from this event will benefit Elk River
High School, Young Life (Elk River), the Three Rivers
Community Foundation, & the CAER food shelf

So bring your friends & families and get ready for a great time!

Cost: $15 per ticket
(please bring non-perishable food donation for CAER)

Purchase your tickets at:
Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW
17205 Yale St NW, Suite D
Elk River, MN 55330
(763) 441-2248

Or order online:

Submitted by:Joan Ruprecht
Keller Williams Realty Integrity NW
Blog author: Chuck Carstensen with The Discovery Team at REMAX. If you have an event coming up in the Elk River Area please contact me at or call 612-290-3809. Like our page:
365 Things To Do Around Elk River, Mn by clicking the link below!

Suburban Northwest Builders Associaton forging ahead

SNBA Suburban Northwest Builders Association

I attended the April 8th membership meeting of the Suburban Northwest Builders Association, and left with a sense of renewed optimism.  Over the last few months the SNBA hit a “speed bump” when the housing market slowed.  However, if this meeting is any indication of the near future, there will be many positive things happening from the SNBA to promote building, remodeling, and real estate in Sherburne and Wright Counties.

Over 60 members in attendance at the Elk River Country Club listened to SNBA President Gene Eckstein from Eagle Builders outline the SNBA’s strategic plan for 2008.  Included in the plan was a detail of the SNBA’s goals and activities.  Eckstein shared plans for a Fall New Home and Remodeling Tour, a Spring 2009 Home Tour and Home and Remodeling Show, and a renewed emphasis on member events that will make the most of member’s time and networking advantages.

Eckstein said that SNBA membership meetings would focus on education and builder issues, and also introduced the following new board members:

Dan Scherer – Bakken Building

Jason Heinen – Heinen Homes

Brad Kadlec – Kadlec Construction

Ken Geroux – Ken Geroux Construction Corporation

Chris Butala – Legend Homes

Brad Fitch – Monarch Homes

The next membership meeting for the SNBA is scheduled for May 27th.


Chris Mitchell is the President and Founder of 25-8 Marketing, Inc, a full service advertising agency in Elk River, Minnesota. He plans and implements marketing programs for small to medium-sized businesses. Mitchell is a consultant, speaker and author and has worked with hundreds of companies. He has over 20 years of real-world advertising experience, and understands the marketing challenges of the small business owner.

Faith In Action Community Needs

Every human being has a basic need to CONTRIBUTE.  Some of you may know this already, well others might not be so sure.  However, isn’t it true that to be the GREATEST you must find a way to SERVE.  Jesus said, “…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be serve, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:26-28)

These next few moments you have a chance to find a way to CONTRIBUTE.  There is a great needs in the community.  There are elderly people that are not able to get out of their home to get groceries, who need drivers to get them to medical appointments and who need handymen and women to help them maintain their home.  Do you want to be GREAT today and serve someone in need?

Great River Faith in Action has a list of needs that you can help with.

1) Pray! Pray for wisdom, protection and guidance for us-the staff, volunteers, operations, finances, the board.

2) Support!

$100/mo will cover the phone bill

$1000 will cover the cost to coordinate 100 rides

$1250 will pay the commercial/liability insurance for the year

$500 will cover software needed to help them operate more efficiently and effective

3) Other Needs:

A Truck to help with service projects

A laptop for the volunteer coordinator

To work alongside the business community with client needs such as car repairs, job searches and fiscal literacy.

Support teams to come around individuals and families with high needs…mobilize your small group from church to respond to the needs of family with a sick child…mobilize your employees to join a support team to help an older person who needs rides, help with chores or homemaking, organizing bills and prayer.

 You see there are many ways for you to serve and impact the lives of those in need right in your community.  Be GREAT for someone today! For more information or to make a contribution visit: or call 763-263-4277.


Chuck Carstensen is a Realtor with The Discovery Team at RE/MAX; helping buyers, sellers, and investors of residential real estate in Isanti, Anoka, Sherburne and Wright County.  He is a speaker and co-author in the best selling book series Wake Up…Live the Life You Love: Your Wake Up Moments (available soon). Carstensen is also a personal development mentor with Success University…where he helps people discover how to be more successful in business, life and health.

The cure for a snowy Elk River Tuesday

If people in Minnesota couldn’t talk about the weather, we’d have nothing to talk about. Well, not entirely true, but when I woke up to 2 inches of new snow in Elk River, my mind started churning.

101 Market Otsego MN  55330By 2pm, I had my plan. A short shopping stop to catch a sign of spring at 101 Market in Otsego. I was invited to mom’s house for Easter Sunday. Mom likes flowers. And she doesn’t read this blog.

101 Market is a great place. The Nathe’s have turned this place into the premiere gardening and flower shop in the Elk River area. And their fresh produce in the summer is terrific.

As I walked in the door, I spied the Easter lillies. Three colors to choose from. The traditional white, and then some orange and pink. “Go traditional, she always likes white,” I thought. And at $9.99 for a plant, I would be a hero at Easter dinner for a very small price.

As I was checking out, I was reminded by 101 Market of this tip:

Easter lillies elk river MNAfter the flowers stop blooming, cut off the stem to the soil line and put the potted bulb in a cool place. Then, later in spring, plant the bulb in a sunny location.

If the bulb received enough cooling days, it could bloom again this summer. Otherwise, next year when it will bloom in either June or July.

Those folks at 101 Market are pretty smart.


Chris Mitchell is the President and Founder of 25-8 Marketing, Inc, a full service advertising agency in Elk River, Minnesota. He plans and implements marketing programs for small to medium-sized businesses. Mitchell is a consultant, speaker and author and has worked with hundreds of companies. He has over 20 years of real-world advertising experience, and understands the marketing challenges of the small business owner.