Posted on: September 22, 2017

City Modifies Inspection Process After June 11th Storm

More than three months after Coon Rapids experienced one of the worst storms in decades, residents are still recovering from the damage left behind."This is a major event," says Greg Brady, Chief Building Official.The hail storm Coon Rapids&...

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Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

C.R. Blvd. Extension Closing for Gas Main Work

A heads up for motorists who use Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension.  The roadway will be closed at the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks starting Monday so CenterPoint Energy crews can perform gas main replacement work in the area. &...

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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

More Bunkers Being Replaced at Golf Course

This week, the bids went out for bunker renovations at the Bunker Hills Golf Course.The project is expected to begin next March and be completed in May.  Over time,  sand bunkers deteriorate and liners become exposed.  The plan ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

Law Enforcement Appreciation Event has New Home

More than 1,000 people turned out at the Coon Rapids VFW last weekend for the third annual law enforcement appreciation event.  This year, the event moved from the American Legion to the VFW to give it more space for all the food trucks, entertai...

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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

New Parking Ramp Opens at Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital is starting to see it's parking crunch ease up with the opening of a new parking ramp.The ramp, which features 329 spaces on three levels, officially opened to cars this week.  The ramp was constructed on the north side of the hosp...

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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

Cardinal Pride Running High for Homecoming Week

It's homecoming week at Coon Rapids High School and that means the crowning of a new king and queen!Seniors Rolon Green and Lauren Koss were named homecoming king and queen during the coronation ceremony on Tuesday morning.  Following the ceremon...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

District 11 Holds First Public Meeting on School Referendum

With less than two months now until a school referendum vote in District 11, school officials are making sure the public is informed.The first of five public information meetings was held Thursday night at Coon Rapids High School.  Those in atten...

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Fit for the Future Website Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Golden Corral Planning to Open in Late September

A new restaurant is preparing to open its doors in Coon Rapids.  Golden Corral was scheduled to open next week but the opening date has since been pushed back to September 28 as workers put the finishing touches on the restaurant which is located...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Sand Creek Park Hosts Military Softball Appreciation Tournament

Quite a sight at Sand Creek Park last weekend as Coon Rapids hosted the third annual Military Softball Appreciation Tournament.  It's the first time the tournament has taken place in the north metro.  More than 100 games were played at S...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Old Turf Up for Grabs at National Sports Center

The indoor sports hall at the National Sports Center is getting a big makeover thanks to their partnership with the Minnesota United.New, top of the line sports turf will soon be installed on the 100 yard by 70 yard field, which is used for several sports...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Best Buy Closing 1 of 2 Stores in Blaine

Word from Best Buy this week that the company is closing two stores in the Twin Cities including one here in the north metro.The Best Buy store located off Highway 65 near 109th Avenue in Blaine will be closing for good on October 28.  Store empl...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

9/11 Vigil Held on Main Street Bridge

People across the nation paused Monday to mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  And once again, the Main Street bridge here in Coon Rapids served as a tribute to those who protect and serve.Local first responders along with members of t...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2017

Safety Camp Provides Wealth of Information for Seniors

The 18th annual senior safety camp took place this week where over 100 seniors learned from local experts speaking on a variety of topics ranging from home safety to money management."It makes you aware of all the things you do in your home that you ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Safety Dog Teaches Bus Safety at Hoover Elementary

Students at Hoover Elementary learned about the crossing gate on a bus along with several other safety features this week.  Tuesday's visit was part of the "Safety Dog Bus Tour" hosted by the First Student Bus Company.  This wa...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

Halloween Parade Organizers Reverse Decision on Candy Ban

Candy will be handed out after all in the Halloween Capitol of the World next month.For more than a month now, parade organizers faced backlash from the public for a decision that candy would not be handed out at this year's Halloween parades due to safet...

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Community News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

CTN Sports Wins 2 National Awards

Congratulations are in order for the CTN sports department which won two national awards this week."Sportsnight" with Joe Yund and Howie Shapiro placed first in the "sports programming" category for a mid-sized cable station.  ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Smoke Detectors Alert Family to Early Morning House Fire

Fire officials are crediting working smoke detectors for alerting and likely saving the lives of four people after a home caught fire in the middle of the night.The flames broke out around 2:30 a.m. Friday at a home in the 200 block of 124th Lane on the e...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

City Council Approves Preliminary Tax Levy for 2018

The Coon Rapids City Council adopted the preliminary tax levy for 2018 this week.  On Tuesday night, the Council set the preliminary tax levy at just over $26.8 million.  The city plans to continue its aggressive street reconstruction pr...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2017

New School Year Brings Transportation Changes in District 11

Classes have started once again for students here in the Anoka-Hennepin School District, and with the new year comes new changes, especially on the roadways."Kids are the most precious cargo anybody will ever transport and we want to take good care o...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

District 11 Welcomes Students Back to School with Fun Video

District 11 officials welcomed students back to class with a special video they posted online.The video features Superintendent David Law who leads bus karaoke as he picks up school board members, staff and students on the way to school.  In the ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

New Home for Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Event

An annual event to honor the work of local law enforcement has a new home this year.The third annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Event will take place at the VFW on Saturday, September 16 beginning at 2 p.m.  The event features a K9 demonstratio...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Tribute to the Troops Marks 14th Anniversary

A country music star who rose to fame while living here in Coon Rapids has returned to Minnesota to take part in the Tribute to the Troops charity motorcycle ride.Rockie Lynne formed the Tribute to the Troops charity as a way to pay respects to the family...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Anoka County Launches New Website for Bond Investors

Anoka County hopes a new website will help it attract more investors and diversify the county's investor base.  The site offers current and potential investors more than two-thousand pages of financial data that gives background related to its cr...

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Community News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

New Basketball Court at Prairie Oaks Park

A city park in the northern part of Coon Rapids has a new amenity.Requests were made for the city to install a basketball court at Prairie Oaks Park which is just east of Hanson Boulevard and north of Main Street in the Wexford area.  The Parks a...

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Community News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Highway 169 Construction to Begin in Coming Weeks

A big improvement project will soon get underway on Highway 169 in Champlin.A $15 million roadway improvement project is expected to begin in the coming weeks and finish in the fall of 2018, and that means a big inconvenience for the more than 50,000 vehi...

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Community News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Community Members Discuss How to Improve Water Quality

Dozens of community members gathered this week to discuss ways we can improve water quality here in Minnesota.The meeting was held on Tuesday night at Anoka Ramsey Community College.  Governor Mark Dayton asked community groups to host town hall ...

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More info. on 25By25 project Community News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Military Softball Tournament Coming to Sand Creek Park

Sand Creek Park will soon be playing host to one of its biggest tournaments yet since the redevelopment of the park.The 2017 Minnesota Softball Military Appreciation tournament is taking place September 8-10.  Members of the Army, Navy, Marines, ...

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Additional info. on tournament Community News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Improvements Finished at Coon Rapids High School

Last week, we told you about improvements being made at Coon Rapids High School, and this week, the renovations are complete as staff prepare to welcome students back for the new school year.The third floor of the 52 year old building underwent major chan...

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Community News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Coon Rapids Woman Wins Comcast's 'Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs' Contest

A Coon Rapids woman is living out her dream with the help of an award she won two years ago from Comcast.  Conita Johnson Arnold, president of C.J.A.Theater Productions, was named the Minnesota winner in Comcast's "Innovations 4 Entrepreneur...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Big Improvements Being Made at CRHS

When students return to Coon Rapids High School in less than two weeks they will see big improvements both inside and outside of the building.  The third floor of Coon Rapids High School is getting a major face lift."I'm just really excited ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Study: Heart Safe Communities Seeing Life-Saving Results

A new study out this week shows Minnesota Heart Safe Communities are helping save lives.Allina Health researchers say people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in a community designated as "Heart Safe" are four times more likely to rec...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Anoka City Council Wants Parade Candy Decision Reversed

The candy controversy continues in Anoka after an announcement two weeks ago that candy would not be handed out at this year's Halloween parades due to safety concerns.Parade organizers have faced backlash from the public following the decision and now th...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Kwik Trip Proposed on 7th Ave. in Anoka

The city of Anoka could be getting another Kwik Trip.  This week, the City Council approved the sale of three acres of city owned property at the corner of 7th Avenue and Buchanan Street.  Kwik Trip wants to construct a 5,000 square foot...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2017

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Hosts Kids Day

It's State Fair time and besides the unofficial end of summer, it's also the peak season for Minnesota grown fruits and vegetables.On Wednesday, fresh melons made their debut at the Coon Rapids Farmers Market.  It was also Kids Day with special a...

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Community News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Site Plan Approved for New Honda Dealership

Honda has the green light to move forward with the construction of a new car dealership here in Coon Rapids.On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for the project which will be located in the Gateway Commerce Center at Highway 1...

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Community News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Main Street Reconstruction Project Underway in Coon Rapids, Anoka

Anoka County is warning that a reconstruction project on the Coon Rapids-Anoka border could cause some major delays for motorists.Work got underway this week on the improvement project which stretches from Round Lake Boulevard to 8th Avenue.  The...

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Community News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Fields Not Seeking Re-election to Anoka-Hennepin School Board

There will be at least one new face on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board following a public filing period which closed this week.Three seats are up for re-election this fall.  William Fields, who currently represents District Four, is not seeking r...

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Community News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Safety Improvement Project Underway Near National Sports Center

Work is underway on a big reconstruction project near the National Sports Center.  105th Avenue between Highway 65 and Radisson Road is being reconfigured to improve safety.  Two roundabouts will be added to slow traffic, the roadway wil...

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Community News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Construction Underway on New Park Near Coon Rapids Ice Center

Construction is underway on the city’s first splash pad! As part of a brand new park being built on the grounds of the Coon Rapids Ice Center, located at 11000 Crooked Lake Blvd., this park is an exciting new feature for this community gathering...

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Community News
Posted on: August 11, 2017

Volunteers Construct Wheelchair Ramp for Coon Rapids Homeowner

A Coon Rapids woman received something special this past weekend.  75-year-old Ruth Schmidt suffered a leg injury just over a year ago, which confined her to a wheelchair. But through a generous act of kindness, from a few good men, her life was ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Apartments Planned on Old Pederson Floral Site

An apartment project could soon be constructed on the old Pederson Floral site off Coon Rapids Boulevard.  This week, the City Council approved the preliminary plat for the project which calls for a 128 unit apartment building.  There wo...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Filings Open for 3 District 11 School Board Seats

Filings for office opened this week for three seats on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board which are up for re-election this fall.Two of the seats, District 3 and District 6, represent portions of Coon Rapids.  Filings continue until 5 p.m. on August...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

3M Championship Marks 25 Years in the North Metro

A golf tournament that started in Coon Rapids is celebrating a big milestone this year.  The 3M Championship, formerly known at the Coldwell Banker Burnet Senior Classic, is 25 years old.The tournament, which has been held at the TPC in Blaine fo...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Annual 'Night To Unite' Helps Connect Communities

Police officers in Coon Rapids and beyond joined residents in the fight against crime on Tuesday night.  The annual "Night to Unite" event is aimed at promoting neighborhood spirit and building police-community partnerships to create sa...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

City Council Makes Changes to 'Class B' Liquor Licenses

The city is making changes to its Class B off sale liquor licenses. On Tuesday night, the City Council approved an ordinance revision that eliminates the two mile radius restriction between license holders and does away with the limit on the number of Cla...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

District 11 Still Hiring for 2017-18 School Year

The Anoka-Hennepin School District is gearing up for the start of another school year and they can't do it without a lot of staff.On Thursday, District 11 held its third annual job fair at the Educational Service Center in Anoka.  For the past fe...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

New Playground Set on Fire at City Park

The search is on for the person or persons responsible for setting a playground at a city park on fire late last week.A neighbor discovered the fire just before 9 p.m. July 21 at Delta Park which is located in the 11000 block of Yukon Street.  Au...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

2 Retail Buildings Proposed Near Home Depot

A portion of the Home Depot parking lot in Riverdale could be turned into retail space.Last week, the Planning Commission reviewed plans for two new retail buildings that would be constructed in the far north end of the Home Depot parking lot.  O...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

Minnesota Blue Ox Hockey Team Calls Coon Rapids Home

The Minnesota Blue Ox will soon make their debut in Coon Rapids as the newest team in the U.S. Premier Hockey League. The team, owned by several people including Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau, will be playing at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. &...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

Transit Fares Increasing Starting October 1st

Metro Transit is hiking fares for the first time in nearly nine years.  On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Council voted to raise regular route bus and rail fares by 25 cents starting October 1.  The Met Council chair says it was not an easy...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

New Designs for Anoka County Library Cards

Local artists are bringing Anoka County Library cards to life.  The artwork of six local professional and student artists is being featured on the cards, everything from trees and a creek to a hazy sunshine and a deer path.  Current libr...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

Plenty of Fun Happening at the Anoka County Fair

The Anoka County Fair is in full swing.  Of course, you can find plenty of rides, games and food.  And there's also a family favorite, the animal barns.  On Thursday, the rabbit and poultry barn was filled with around 90 rabbits...

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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

3M Championship Runs July 31-August 6

Some of the best pro golfers in the world will descend on Blaine next week for the annual golf tournament which is part of the PGA Champions Tour.  The fun starts Monday, July 31 with a Pro-Am and continues the entire week with other activities. ...

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Community News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Preliminary Plat Approved for Riverdale Station Apartments

Another step forward this week for a major apartment project planned near the Northstar Commuter Rail station.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved the preliminary plat for the Riverdale Station Apartments.  The plat creates three lots: one...

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Community News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

City Council Approves School Parking Lot Expansion Project

District 11 hopes parking lot changes will improve safety at a Coon Rapids elementary school.  On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a plan that expands the parking lot at Adams Elementary.  Currently, students are being dropped of...

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Community News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Coon Rapids Police Officer Honored for DWI Arrests

A Coon Rapids police officer is being honored for his work to keep our roads safe.  Officer Dan Freiberg was one of 43 law enforcement members honored before Tuesday night's Twins game for being a DWI All-Star.  Freiberg, who's been on t...

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Community News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Schwan's USA Cup Boasts Local Professional Talent

The Schwan's USA Cup has called Blaine home for 33 years with more than 20,000 teams and more than 56,000 games played over the course of the tournament's history.This year, Minnesota soccer fans have something to be even more excited about. The Minnesota...

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Community News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Springbrook Nature Center to Mark Completion of Improvement Projects

The Springbrook Nature Center will soon show off two improvement projects recently completed at the park.The grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, July 29 from 1-4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at 1:15 p.m.  A new outdoor amphitheat...

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Community News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

Anoka County Fair Kicks-off July 25

The end of July is almost here and that means it's Anoka County Fair time.  This year's fair runs July 25-30.  Admission covers entry into the fair as well as the grand stand events.  Children 6 and under are free.  In ...

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Community News
Posted on: July 14, 2017

License Centers Closed July 20-24

If you have business to conduct this month at a license center, a word of warning.  A major computer upgrade is forcing the closure of license centers for several days.Here in Anoka County, all five license centers will be closed between July 20 ...

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Community News
Posted on: July 14, 2017

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Opens for the Season

The Coon Rapids Farmers Market has opened for the season.  Dozens of people turned out on the first day to purchase fresh food, everything from green beans, lettuce and cucumbers to potatoes, beets and zucchini.  There's also jams, jelli...

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Community News
Posted on: July 14, 2017

Summer Community Ed. Classes Offer Something for Everyone

The Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Program is keeping kids of all ages busy this summer through their wide variety of programs, activities and classes.This week two 8-year-old boys get to build and program Lego cars."It's a program that just keep...

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Coon Rapids High School Starting 'Hall of Fame'

Coon Rapids High School is looking for nominations for a new Hall of Fame that is being created this coming school year.The new Hall of Fame will recognize individuals who have made a significant impact on the school through athletics and activities. &...

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Community News
Posted on: July 14, 2017

CTN Wins National Award

A Coon Rapids High School holiday concert recorded by CTN has won a national award.The concert, recorded last December, took the first place award in the professional "local performances" category of this year's Hometown Media Awards.  ...

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Community News
Posted on: July 6, 2017

New Ordinance Requires Weekly Recycling Collection at Apartments

Changes are coming to the way recycling is collected at apartment buildings in the city.  This week, the City Council adopted a new ordinance that requires recycling pickups at least once a week."Really you can recycle 60-80% of your waste,&...

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Community News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

2nd Car Dealership Planned at Gateway Commerce Center

A second car dealership is poised to go into the Gateway Commerce Center at Highway 10 and Hanson Boulevard.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved another amendment to the planned unit development which, at one time, included plans for a hotel, bank,...

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Community News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Players Wanted for Backyard Disc League in Coon Rapids

We hear a lot about sibling rivalry.  But kids from one local family are working together to grow a disc league that they started in the backyard of their home last summer."It’s great, it’s really fun, it’s real...

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Community News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Contract Awarded for Boulevard Park

Construction will soon begin on the newest park in Coon Rapids.On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the contract for Boulevard Park to Custom Builders Incorporated in the amount of approximately $718,000.  That amount does not include the p...

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Community News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Contract Awarded for LED Street Light Project

The Council awarded the contract for new street lighting in two areas of the city this week.  Protek Lighting Solutions was the low bidder with a price of approximately $340,000. Main Street in the Riverdale area is one spot that will see the new...

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Community News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

Improvements Nearly Complete at Springbrook Nature Center

The Springbrook Nature Center is about to unveil a couple of new improvements at its home in Fridley.The Nature Center recently completed work on a community amphitheater that will seat around 150 guests.  It will be used for nature education pro...

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Community News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

MN Blue Ox Hockey Team to Call Coon Rapids Home

The newest team in the U.S. Premier Hockey League will be calling Coon Rapids home.  The Minnesota Blue Ox will be playing at the Coon Rapids Ice Center following action by the City Council this week.  The team, which is owned by several...

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Community News
Posted on: June 30, 2017

District 11 Presents 2 School Referendum Questions for Fall Vote

The Anoka Hennepin School District is moving forward with plans to ask voters to approve a bond and levy referendum this fall.At Monday night’s School Board Meeting, the two ballot questions were laid out.  The first question asks for $...

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Community News
Posted on: June 30, 2017

4th of July Celebration Starts Sunday in Coon Rapids

July is here and that means it’s time for the annual 4th of July Celebration in Coon Rapids.  This year’s festivities run from July 2-4.The celebration officially kicks off Sunday morning on the right foot with a race. &nb...

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Community News
Posted on: June 30, 2017

Free Water Safety Program Teaches Kids Life-Saving Skills

With summer in full swing and the 4th of July quickly approaching, many families will be spending time at the lake or pool.  And while the water can be fun, it can also be dangerous, especially for young children.  But a free program at ...

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Coon Rapids Firefighters Raise Money for MDA

Coon Rapids firefighters took off their boots this week to raise money for a good cause.Firefighters spent three days at the corner of Main Street and Northdale Boulevard collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  They accepted...

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Community News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Man Who Helped Develop Coon Rapids Dies

The man who literally built much of Coon Rapids has died.Jim Stanton passed away last weekend at the age of 81. But his legacy will live on through the many residential and commercial projects he helped build here in the city and beyond."Jim loved de...

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Community News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Coon Rapids Firefighters Raising Money for MDA

Coon Rapids firefighters will hit the street next week to raise money for a good cause. The "Fill the Boot" campaign will take place June 26-28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Firefighters will be in the area of ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Coon Rapids First Brewery and Taproom Opens its Doors

The wait is finally over.  Coon Rapids first brewery and taproom opened its doors this week.Alloy Brewing, which is the brainchild of four local men, is located on the southside of Coon Rapids Boulevard just east of Crooked Lake Boulevard. &n...

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Community News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

New Ordinance Would Change Recycling Collection in Multi-Unit Buildings

Changes are coming to the way recycling is collected at multi-unit housing developments in the city.  On Tuesday night, the City Council introduced an ordinance that requires recycling to be picked up a minimum of once per week instead of the cur...

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Community News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

3M Championship Returning to Blaine This Summer

Some of the biggest names in golf will be returning to Blaine this summer for the annual 3M Championship.On Monday, It was media day at the Tournament Players Club of the Twin Cities.  Following a round of golf, a lunch and press conference was h...

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Community News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Hail Piles Up in Coon Rapids Following Severe Storms

Quite a sight in parts of Coon Rapids Sunday morning after a line of severe storms swept through the city.It looked more like winter in the eastern part of town with an accumulation of not snow but hail.  That hail stripped leaves from the trees ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Hail Storm Destroys Local Non-Profit Farm

Sunday’s hail storm caused significant damage at the Loaves and Fishes vegetable farm here in Coon Rapids.  Volunteers are now hard at work trying to replace what Mother Nature took away.This garden is just under an acre and is one of t...

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Additional Info... Community News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Vacant Home Burned to Ground Following Fire Training

A fire lit up the night sky in the northern part of the city this week. But it wasn’t an accident. Firefighters intentionally burned an old home along Main Street to the ground as part of a training exercise."This is my first time, so it&am...

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Community News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Annual Summer Meetings Kick-off in Coon Rapids

The annual summer in the city meetings held at parks across Coon Rapids kicked off this week.Dozens of people gathered at Pheasant Ridge Park on Tuesday night for the event.  City staff from various departments set up informational booths and ans...

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Community News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Officer, K9 Win 'Top Rookie Dog Team' Award

A Coon Rapids police officer and his K-9 partner, on the job for just a year, are at the head of their class.  This week, Officer Kim and his partner Ike won the first place award for "Rookie Dog Team" in the U.S. Police Canine Associat...

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Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Boulevard Park Construction Set to Begin in July

In just over a month, construction could be underway on the newest park in Coon Rapids.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved the final plans for Boulevard Park and ordered the advertisement for bids for the project."We’re just excited...

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Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Paving Work Underway on Foley Boulevard

Work continues to progress on the reconstruction of Foley Boulevard.This week, the first two of three asphalt layers were placed on Foley Boulevard between Egret Boulevard and Northdale Boulevard.  Next week, crews will begin to place sod and see...

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Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Firecracker 5K Bigger and Better in 2017

Coon Rapids celebrates the fourth of July with several events for the entire family, and the success of last year’s inaugural Firecracker 5K has organizers creating a bigger and better event in 2017.Last year the Coon Rapids running community ca...

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4th of July Celebration Info. Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Contract Awarded for New Trail on Egret Boulevard

Construction on a new trail on Egret Boulevard will begin later this month.  On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the contract for the project to Barber Construction in the amount of $380,000.  The trail will be constructed on the ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Contract Awarded for Construction of New Trail on C.R. Blvd. Ext.

The City Council awarded the contract for the construction of a new trail on Coon Rapids Boulevard Extension on Tuesday night.Forest Lake Contracting won the bidding process with a bid of just under $408,000.  The new paved 10 foot wide surface w...

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Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Two New Officers Join Coon Rapids Police Department

Two new police officers are hitting the streets here in Coon Rapids.  The officers were sworn into office during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.  Geoff Neumann grew up in St. Michael and has been a police officer in Moorh...

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Community News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

Class of 2017 Graduates from CRHS

Another school year has come and gone.  Last weekend, the Class of 2017 bid farewell to Coon Rapids High School.The graduates, along with family and friends, gathered at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis Sunday for commencement.  This year&a...

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Community News
Posted on: June 2, 2017

Rare Tick-Borne Disease Showing Up in Minnesota

A tick-borne disease known as Powassan has been confirmed in six Minnesota counties so far this year including here in Anoka County.  And with summer here, officials are warning residents to be on the lookout for a higher concentration of ticks.&...

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Additional Info... Community News
Posted on: June 2, 2017

Hundreds Celebrate Grand Reopening of Sand Creek Park

After two years of renovation work, a major reconstruction project is officially complete at Sand Creek Park.Mayor Jerry Koch along with other city officials helped cut the ribbon in a special ceremony last Friday night.  Hundreds of people came ...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

4th Avenue Bridge Closed in Anoka

Emergency bridge repair work has forced MnDOT to close the 4th Avenue bridge over Highway 10 in Anoka.  The bridge, which is located just east of the Rum River, is closed to traffic so crews can do repair work on the piers and other structure ben...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

5th Grade Students Graduate from DARE Program

The end of the school year is upon us and that means graduation for some elementary school students here in Coon Rapids.Fifth grade students across Coon Rapids are graduating from the DARE program which is taught in all elementary schools in the city. &am...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

YMCA Offering Free Membership for High School Students

Teens looking for something to do this summer could land a free membership at the YMCA.The ’Y’ is offering kids entering ninth through 12th grade a free membership at its 25 locations across the Twin Cities on a first come, first serve basis.  Al...

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Local Seniors Celebrate 50+ Years of Marriage

Local seniors celebrating decades of wedded bliss were honored during a special ceremony this week.John and Ann Wiggins were married in Charles City, Iowa back in 1967 and are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year.  All 19 couples ...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

State Funding Secured for Railroad Overpass on Hanson Blvd.

An overpass at the railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard will likely become a reality following action by the State Legislature late this week.It took three extra days but lawmakers finally passed a $46 billion budget early Friday morning including a bondin...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Coon Rapids Teen Center Closing June 1st

The Coon Rapids Teen Center, which has been housed at the Riverwind Park building for many years now, is closing its doors for good.As of June 1st, the Teen Center will no longer be in operation.  Instead, the city is partnering with Youth First ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Longtime Coon Rapids Police Officer Signs Off

After more than three decades on the Coon Rapids police force, a well-known officer retired this week.  Pat Carlson spent his career helping to make the city a safer place but it’s his work with local school children that won’...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Funding Agreement Approved for Main St. Reconstruction Project

The City Council has approved a joint powers agreement with Anoka County for the reconstruction on Main Street near the Coon Rapids-Anoka border.The project involves the widening of Main Street between 7th Avenue and Wedgewood Drive to include a two-way l...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

LED Street Light Conversion Project Moving Forward

New street lighting is coming to two different areas of the city.  Last week, the City Council accepted the plans and authorized the bidding process for the LED conversion project.  Main Street in the Riverdale area is one spot that will...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

School Lunch Prices Increasing for the 2017-18 School Year

School lunch is going to cost a little bit more starting this fall.  This week, the Anoka Hennepin School Board approved a five cent increase for the 2017-2018 school year.  The increase puts an elementary lunch at $2.40, and lunch at th...

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

District 11 Student Wins Reusable Bag Design Contest

A District 11 student is being honored for her artistic work that is being featured on a reusable bag.Jessica Lundquist, who attends Anoka Hennepin Regional High School, has been named the winner of the fifth annual Minneapolis Farmers Market Reusable Bag...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Residents View Plans for Port Riverwalk Development

A new housing development is being pitched for a vacant and highly visible area of Coon Rapids Boulevard.On Wednesday evening, dozens of people turned out at the Coon Rapids Civic Center to learn more about the plan being proposed by Centra Homes. &nb...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

District 11 Holds Public Meetings on School Referendum

A spike in student enrollment has District 11 officials proposing to construct two new elementary schools as part of a referendum that will be on the ballot this fall.  A series of public meetings on the plan started this week."We’...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Anoka Co. Hosts Law Enforcement Memorial Service

Officers from across Anoka County gathered Wednesday for the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service.The yearly tradition honors those who’ve served and made the ultimate sacrifice. Officials read off the names of all Anoka County officers kille...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Planning Process Complete for Passenger Rail Project

The planning process for the Northern Lights Express passenger rail project is complete but it still needs funding in order to become reality.On Thursday evening, an open house on the project was held in the Coon Rapids Civic Center.  Members of ...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness About Mental Health

Across the U.S., May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month.  And last weekend, the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County held its annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness.The sunny weather brought out more than 200 people to the Coon Rapid...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Chrysler Dealership Planning Bigger, Better Building

An auto dealership on Woodcrest Drive is planning to tear down their building and construct a bigger one in its place.On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for the project proposed by the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram auto dealers...

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Rihm Kenworth Constructing New Facility in Coon Rapids

A new truck dealership is coming to the Evergreen Industrial Park.Company officials from Rihm Kenworth took part in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday afternoon.  The company is constructing a full service facility in the 9400 block of Evergre...

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Posted on: May 11, 2017

New Development Plan for Port Riverwalk

For years it’s sat vacant.  But a new housing community could be coming to what’s known as Port Riverwalk on Coon Rapids Boulevard.Port Riverwalk is located between Avocet Street and Egret Boulevard, a highly visible and heavi...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Allina Restricts Hospital Access Due to Measles Outbreak

As the measles outbreak continues to grow in Minnesota, Allina Health is restricting visitor access at all of its hospitals and clinics.  Effective immediately, children under the age of five are not permitted in Allina hospitals unless they are ...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Six Homes Featured on Home Remodeling Tour

Thinking of a home remodel? Then you won’t want to miss an upcoming remodeling tour in Coon Rapids featuring six homes that feature everything from new kitchens and bathrooms to backyards that feel like an island retreat."It was the, hopefu...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Residential Development Proposed near Northstar Station

The site plan for a proposed residential development near the Northstar Commuter Rail station will be considered by the Coon Rapids Planning Commission next week.Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates is proposing to construct a four-story 181-unit market r...

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

District 11 Hosting Meetings on School Referendum

District 11 residents can learn more about a proposed school bond referendum starting next week.  Five public meetings are planned through the end of the month including one at Coon Rapids High School on Thursday, May 18th in the school cafeteria...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Push for Hanson Blvd. Overpass Funding Continues

With just two weeks to go, there's still plenty of work left for state lawmakers to complete at the Capitol.  In addition to a new budget, they're trying to come to an agreement on a bonding bill for public works projects.The ci...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

City Council Wants to 'Save' Portion of Riverwind Building

The City Council wants to salvage a portion of the existing building at Riverwind Park when it's redeveloped next year.  That was the direction given to city staff at a Council work session this week.  The remodeled building wou...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County Marking 10th Anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County.  And they're getting ready for their biggest fundraising event of the year.The eighth annual 5K Walk for Mental Wellness is coming up on Saturday, May...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Mission Trip Inspires More Giving After Unexpected Illness

Back in December, a Minnesota mission trip to help the people of Cameroon, Africa nearly ended in tragedy for one of its members. And what happened at an aging hospital that was built by the British in 1956, inspired a fundraising campaign here at home.&a...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Local Student Honored for Fire Prevention Poster

A fifth grader at Mississippi Elementary school got a big surprise during lunch on Wednesday.  Firefighters presented Payton Anderson with the honorable mention award she received from the Minnesota State Fire Chief's Association for the...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

5th Graders Take Part in Natural Resource Field Trip

Hundreds of local students experienced nature at Bunker Hills Regional Park this week as part of the 51st annual University of Minnesota Extension Natural Resource Field Trip. "We're on this field trip to learn about science and nature,"...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

District 11 Planning School Bond Referendum in the Fall

The Anoka Hennepin School Board made the decision this week to move forward with a school bond referendum this fall.If approved by voters, the money will be used to build new elementary schools in both Blaine and Ramsey as well as fund improvements at all...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Coon Rapids Firefighters Installing Free Smoke Detectors

The Coon Rapids Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross to help save lives.  Thanks to a generous donation, firefighters will be installing 300 smoke detectors in homes that need them next month.  Fire officials say the...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Solar Energy Made 'Sweet' at Connexus

Ramsey is home to the country's first pollinator-friendly community solar garden, producing not only honey, but renewable energy.Travis Bolton, Bolton Bees says, "Without bees we lose a huge percentage of the fruits and vegetable we eat.&quo...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

City Crews Flushing Fire Hydrants

If you've seen a little rust or sediment in your tap water recently, not to worry, utility crews are out flushing fire hydrants in the city.Crews have been out working east of Highway 10.  They're flushing a little more than 1,6...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

National Sports Center Hosting Town Hall Meeting

The National Sports Center is inviting the public to a town hall meeting next week.  It will take place on Tuesday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall inside the Welcome Center.  The meeting is part of a master planning process underway...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

New School Coming to National Sports Center

Plans for a new elementary school on the campus of the National Sports Center are moving forward.Late last week, the Blaine City Council approved the final plat for the project which will be located near the intersection of 105th Avenue and Davenport Stre...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Free Kids Fishing Clinic Returns to Coon Rapids Dam

The Anoka County Parks Department will soon host its annual free Kids Fishing Clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam.On Saturday, May 6th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., you can bring the entire family out to learn how to fish on Cenaiko Lake.  Other topics inclu...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

City Council Approves Plans for 2 New Trails

Two new trails will be constructed in Coon Rapids this summer following action by the City Council this week.On Tuesday night, the City Council accepted the plans and authorized the bidding process for a new trail on Egret Boulevard.  The trail w...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

New Mental Health Treatment Program Coming to Fridley

A new mental health treatment facility will soon be under construction here in the north metro.Touchstone Mental Health, Allina Health and Anoka County are partnering together in the opening of the new program for people dealing with mental illness."...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

New Recycling Service Coming to Coon Rapids

A new recycling service is coming to Coon Rapids.  This week, the City Council approved an agreement with Simple Recycling for curbside textile collection.  It won't cost the city or residents anything.The company will be accept...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Exhibit at ARCC Brings Awareness to Genocide

Since 2013, the month of April is designated as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month here in Minnesota.In line with that, the Tents of Witness exhibit made a stop this week at Anoka Ramsey Community College.   There were five tents on display ...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

Anoka Co. Marking 'Law Day' on April 28th

The Anoka County Courthouse is once again taking part in Law Day by opening its doors to the public.  This year's event will take place on Friday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  In addition to free legal assistance clinics, v...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Study Reveals 3 Options for Riverdale Traffic Troubles

If you commute in the Riverdale area, you know there are a few intersections that are congested and, at times, downright dangerous.One of those areas is on Northdale Bouelvard near the entrances to both Costco and Menards.  A traffic study was re...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Hamilton Elementary Kindergarten Class Wins Poster Contest

A lesson on water conservation is paying off for some kindergarten students at a Coon Rapids elementary school.On Wednesday, the non-profit group H2O for Life stopped by Hamilton Elementary to present Ms. Wefel’s kindergarten class with the firs...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Meeting Held to Get Feedback on ADA Transition Plan

Federal law is requiring all cities in Minnesota to develop a transition plan as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act.On Thursday night, the city held the first open house on the ADA plan.  The city is in the process of collecting data on ...

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Posted on: April 14, 2017

Distracted Driving Campaign Underway

Law enforcement officers across Minnesota are targeting distracted drivers.  The statewide campaign kicked off this week and continues through April 23rd.  Authorities say texting and driving has become a big problem.  In fact, ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Agreement Reached for Reconstruction of 133rd Ave.

An agreement has been reached between Coon Rapids and the city of Andover for the reconstruction of 133rd Avenue which acts as a dividing line between the two cities.On Tuesday night, the City Council signed off on a cost sharing agreement for the project...

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

ARCC Art Instructor Awarded Fellowship in Rome

An Anoka-Ramsey Community College art instructor will be taking her work abroad after being awarded the Community College Humanities Association Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome."Oh my God, I’m so excited," says Laura Miglior...

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Posted on: April 7, 2017

Northstar Community Church Moving to New Home

A church that started out in a movie theater hopes to soon have a permanent home in Coon Rapids.The Northstar Community Church is moving into the old Redeemer Lutheran Church building on Northdale Boulevard where it’s leasing space while negotia...

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Posted on: March 30, 2017

State Funding Sought for Hwy. 65 Improvements

A piece of legislation making its way through the state house could change commutes for thousands of Minnesotans living in the North Metro."It took me 12 minutes of sitting at the same light, that’s a quarter of my commute, which is just ri...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Work Resumes on Foley Blvd. Reconstruction

Work resumed for the season this week on the Foley Boulevard reconstruction project here in Coon Rapids.  The work this week focused on the installation of water mains and fire hydrants between Egret Boulevard and Northdale Boulevard.  T...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Annual County Health Rankings Released

Mixed results for Anoka County in an annual study that analyzes the health of every county in the nation.Here in Minnesota, Anoka County ranks 31st out of 87 counties based on health outcomes, an improvement from last year when the county came in 40th. &a...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

New Sewer Rates in Effect Starting May 1st

Residents will see new sewer rates starting in May.  The City Council recently approved a nearly five percent increase to sewer rates.  Coon Rapids residents are charged sewer rates using a combination of a base fee and their winter quar...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

Recycling Center Adds Evening Hours for Spring, Summer

Seasonal hours take effect at the Coon Rapids Recycling Center starting this weekend. The Recycling Center will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The evening hours run thro...

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Donations Ramp Up During March FoodShare Month

Food shelves across the state are in high gear as they compete for matching grants during Minnesota FoodShare’s March Campaign."It’s been a busy month," said Breanne Nelson, who manages the ACBC Food Shelf. Nelson has been th...

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Cars For Neighbors Donates 1,000th Vehicle

A local non-profit organization that helps people in need is celebrating a big milestone.  Last weekend, Cars For Neighbors gave away their one-thousandth vehicle to Georgetta, a single mother of four who lives in Blaine.  Meineke Car Ca...

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Posted on: March 22, 2017

Sand Creek Elementary Looks to Build Barrier-Free Playground

A Coon Rapids Elementary school is hoping to become the first in the city to offer students a barrier-free playground."Our ultimate goal here is to have seamless transitions for all our students in wheelchairs," says Paul Anderson, Sand Creek El...

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Feasibility Study Planned for Riverwind Park Building

The future of the Riverwind Park building could become clearer as plans for redevelopment of the park continue to move forward.During a work session this week, it was the consensus of the City Council to conduct a feasibility study to determine what happe...

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Emma B. Howe YMCA Hosting Community Open House

The Emma B. Howe YMCA is hosting a community open house next week.  It will take place March 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.  Community members can access the YMCA for free to learn more about programs offered, use the fitness ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2017

Trail Improvements Planned at Several City Parks

More than a half-dozen city parks will see trail improvements this summer.  This week, the City Council approved plans for the projects and authorized the solicitation of bids.  The seven parks that will see trail reconstruction are: Bis...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

ARCC Among Top Ten Community Colleges in the Country

Anoka-Ramsey Community College was recently named one of the top ten finalists for the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program.Students, administrators and faculty members gathered to watch a live stream of the program announcing the million dollar win...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Upcoming Benefit to Raise Money for Suicide Prevention

A community benefit to raise awareness about the issue of suicide will take place in Coon Rapids next weekend.The band Omission Republic plays a unique blend of soul rock and funk.  The group is headlining a suicide prevention community benefit a...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Gordmans Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

After less than a year in business in Coon Rapids, a discount department store in the Riverdale area will likely be closing its doors.Gordmans announced this week that it's filed for bankruptcy protection and plans to liquidate its inventory and ...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Plans Revised for New Church on Foley Blvd.

A new church will move forward with its plans to convert an old grocery store into a place of worship.  Back in November, the Answer in Jesus Church received site plan approval for the project at 105th Avenue and Foley Boulevard but they needed a...

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Posted on: March 17, 2017

Property on Main Street Donated to City

A house on Main Street that's sat vacant for years will be torn down following action by the City Council last week.  The Council accepted the donation of the property at 2245 Main Street from Shamrock Development.  Most of the ...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Former Council Member Honored for Saving Life

A former Coon Rapids City Council member’s quick actions are being credited with saving a co-worker’s life.The incident happened back in early February at the Midwest Disability law firm on Northdale Boulevard.  29-year-old Ta...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

'The Convenings' Makes Stop in Coon Rapids

It’s not a topic many people like to discuss: death.  But the issue was front and center this week at a special event held at Faith Lutheran Church.Dozens of people turned out for the conversation on living and dying well.  The...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Purple Potty Project Raises Awareness for Cancer Research

A Coon Rapids High School senior is raising money for cancer research in a very unique way.Jack Johnson, DECA Vice President says, "Honestly, I woke up on a Saturday morning, my Mom came in my room and said, "Why is there a toilet in our yard?&q...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Construction Underway on Bunker Lake Blvd.

Construction is underway on a road improvement project to our north.  Bunker Lake Boulevard is being reconstructed between Crane Street in Andover and Van Buren Street in Ham Lake.  The existing two lane roadway will be reconstructed int...

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Posted on: March 10, 2017

Improvements Planned at Bunker Beach

We're now just three months away from the opening of a big summer attraction that will be getting a few improvements this season.In all, improvements at Bunker Beach total $85,000 and include upgrades to the Tidal Wave restrooms, painting of the ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

7-Year-Old Receives Outstanding Citizen Award

Coon Rapids firefighters responded to a house fire last weekend that was quickly contained thanks to the quick-thinking of a seven-year-old boy.On March 3, seven-year-old Ian Casady was surprised by some familiar faces at Morris Bye Elementary School.Ian ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Coon Rapids

The first Emerald Ash Borer infestation has been discovered in the northern part of Coon Rapids.The city forester discovered the infected tree last Friday in the 500 block of 127th Lane near the Bunker Hills Regional Park.  He was trimming trees ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

Lack of Ice Doesn't Stop Anoka County Polar Plunge

They had to get creative at this year’s Anoka County Polar Plunge due to the lack of ice from our unseasonably mild February.Instead of jumping into a hole in the ice, participants ran into Crooked Lake from the shore last Saturday.  Mo...

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

New Parks and Recreation Brochure Mailed Out

A new parks and recreation brochure has been mailed out to all households in Coon Rapids.  The 16 page color brochure is full of information on everything from upcoming community events to summer camps and programs for both kids and adults. &...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

Council Approves Plans for Street Reconstruction

It may still be February but before you know it the road construction season will be in full force.This week, the City Council approved plans and specifications for street reconstruction this summer.  A total of 10.5 miles of city streets will be...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

Public Reviews Plans for Hanson Blvd. Reconstruction

A major stretch of Hanson Boulevard to our north is set to get a makeover next year.On Wednesday night, the Anoka County Highway Department hosted the first public open house on the reconstruction project.  Preliminary plans call for the widening...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

New School Planned at National Sports Center

The National Sports Center is well known for its recreational facilities but it will soon be home to a new school.The Spring Lake Park School District is planning to construct a pre-K to fourth grade elementary school near the intersection of 105th Avenue...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

New Program Aims to Give Addicts a New Beginning

A new program launched this week in Anoka County is aimed at fighting the opioid addiction epidemic by treating inmates with a drug that curbs cravings. "We are optimistic that this pilot project can be a template used for widespread implementation, ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Approves New Two Year Contract for Work Crew

The city will continue to use the work crew program in the coming years.  On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a contract with the Minnesota Department of Corrections that runs through March of 2019.  The Institution Community Wor...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Mayor Koch Presents 'State of the City' at Chamber Event

Local city leaders gave an update on what’s happening in their communities at the annual State of the Cities luncheon this week.Nine cities took part in the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce event at the Bunker Hills Event Center on Tuesday. &n...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Anoka Ramsey Teams Up with Augsburg College for New Program

Anoka Ramsey Community College is teaming up with Augsburg College in Minneapolis to offer a new program to complete a bachelors degree.The announcement was made at a special presentation at Anoka Ramsey on Wednesday.  In addition to representati...

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

Local Family Knows the Pain of Heroin Addiction

"He walked in a room and his smile lit up the room," says Sheri Schumaus, Jake’s Mother.In 2013, 21-year old Jake Schumaus died from a heroin overdose."Never in a million years would I have thought Jake would ever try heroin. I me...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Campaign Launched to Combat Prescription Drug Abuse

The Anoka County Attorney's Office is joining forces with the Minnesota and Wisconsin attorney generals to combat opioid drug abuse.  This week, a new public awareness campaign was launched.  The 30 second public service announc...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Anoka Technical College Hosting Career Fair

If you're looking for a job, the Anoka Technical College is the place to visit next week.  The college is hosting a career fair on Wednesday, February 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will open one hour earlier for high school and college s...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Coon Rapids Ice Center Hosts 'Family Fun Day'

This year’s Snowflake Days Celebration is history but it ended on a high note last weekend with Family Fun Day at the Coon Rapids Ice Center.  Photojournalist Steve Antus shows us some of the sights and sounds.

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Registration Continues for Anoka County Polar Plunge

Hundreds of brave souls will be jumping into a chilly lake for a good cause later this month.  The Anoka County Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, February 25 at 1 p.m. at Crooked Lake.  So far, more than 500 people are registered to...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Council Approves Final Phase of Housing Project

The final phase of the newest housing development in the city will soon be moving forward.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a resolution granting the final plat for Crescent Ponds Ninth Addition which is located on the southwest corner of Main S...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Upcoming Forum Looks at Heroin, Opioid Drug Problem

It's considered a public health crisis in many parts of the country: the problem of heroin and opioid drug abuse.Next week, the issue will be in the spotlight at a presentation sponsored by the Compassion Action Network.  It will take pl...

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Posted on: February 9, 2017

Anoka Tech Offers Only Court Reporting Program in Minn.

Court reporting and captioning has become a high-demand profession, and Anoka Tech is the only college in Minnesota to offer the program."When we tell people we can write at 225 words per minute, their eyes bulge out of their head," says student...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

New Trail to be Constructed in Wexford Neighborhood

A new trail will be constructed in the Wexford neighborhood just north of Main Street.  On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a joint powers agreement with Anoka County for the construction of a 10 foot wide paved trail on county property. ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

Snowflake Days Medallion Found in Erlandson Park

The search is over for the Snowflake Days medallion.  It was found Tuesday morning after the 11th clue was posted online.Stuart Gates, who lives in Blaine, discovered the treasure wrapped in white duct tape behind tree bark at the base of three t...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

ARCC Students Staging 'The Rocky Horror Show'

It quickly became a cult classic and now you can check it out locally at Anoka Ramsey Community College.Theater students are staging The Rocky Horror Show this weekend and next.  A loving homage to the classic B sci-fi film and horror genres with...

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Posted on: February 10, 2017

'Don't Hug Me' Series Returns to Bunker Hills

The "Don’t Hug Me" franchise is returning to the Bunker Hills dinner theater with a new show this month.  This one is called "Don’t Hug Me - We’re Married."It’s set in a north woods bar....

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Report Evaluates Quality of Mississippi River

A new study takes a look at the Upper Mississippi River and evaluates what to fix and what to protect. The study looks at the river from Lake Itasca to downtown Minneapolis, evaluating pollution, fish and other aquatic life.At the heart of Coon Rapids, th...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Public Meeting to Discuss Deer Management Plan

The DNR is hosting a dozen meetings across the state in the next month to get the public's input on the state's first-ever deer management plan.  The closest local meeting will take place on Thursday, February 9 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Bunker Hil...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Anoka Getting $7M for Highway 10 Improvements

A big boost this week for a safety improvement project at a busy and dangerous intersection in Anoka.  The city has been awarded seven million dollars in federal funds for safety improvements in the area of Highway 10 and Fairoak Avenue. &nbs...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Railroad Safety Discussion Held in Coon Rapids

The MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce hosted a special meeting in Coon Rapids this week to discuss issues related to railroad safety.Elected officials and city staff from Ramsey and Coon Rapids joined members of the Chamber of Commerce, who listened to Burli...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Allina Imposes Visitor Restrictions Due to Flu

The flu is hitting hard across parts of the state and that has some local hospitals taking action to protect patients.  This week, Allina announced it's restricting visitor guidelines at all of its hospitals.  Children under five are ask...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Visitor Center Open Year Round at Coon Rapids Dam

The visitor center on the Brooklyn Park side of the Coon Rapids Dam is now open year-round.  In the past, the visitor center reduced hours in the spring and fall and was closed in the winter.  The center offers outdoor education and recr...

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Posted on: February 3, 2017

Herb Brooks Statue Coming to the Nat'l Sports Center

The original Herb Brooks statue will soon find a new home in the north metro.  The Herb Brooks Foundation recently announced it's donating the six-foot tall statue to the National Sports Center where it will be located at the entrance to the Schw...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Task Force Recommends New Schools, Upgrades

A 34-member task force has been meeting for nearly a year to determine the needs of schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.  This week the "Fit for the Future" Task Force presented its findings and recommendations to the...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Overpass Recommended at Ferry Street Railroad Crossing

Safety concerns at a busy railroad crossing in Anoka have local and state officials looking for answers.The Minnesota Department of Transportation recently completed a feasibility study of the Ferry Street at-grade crossing and are recommending an overpas...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Golden Corral Planning Coon Rapids Location

A new restaurant could be coming to Coon Rapids.  Golden Corral, which bills itself as America's number one buffet and grill, is looking to open in the former Old Country Buffet location in Riverdale.  There are currently just two locati...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Legislature Considering Funding for Hanson Overpass

Bills are moving forward in both the House and Senate to help secure funding for the construction of an overpass at the railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard.Local officials want an overpass to increase public safety and reduce delays for motorists and firs...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Open House Planned for Main Street Reconstruction Project

An open house is taking place next week for an upcoming road construction project on the Coon Rapids-Anoka border.  The open house is set for Tuesday, January 31 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Federal Cartridge in Anoka.  Anoka County is plan...

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Posted on: January 27, 2017

Snowflake Days Celebration Underway

Coon Rapids annual winter celebration is here!As in years past, there's a lot going on.  Whether you like hunting for medallions, dancing or playing carnival games, there's plenty of fun to be had."I just encourage everyone to come out,"...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

City Council Approves Station Area Plan

A proposed development project adjacent to the Northstar Commuter Rail station took another step forward this week.On Tuesday night, the City Council approved the station area plan for the Northstar Riverdale Transit Station.  The plan includes f...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Anoka County to Conduct Annual Homeless Count

Volunteers will hit the streets next week to try to determine how many people are homeless in the area.  The one day point-in-time count will take place on January 26 and include many locations throughout Anoka County including homeless shelters,...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Winter Meets Spring at Bunker Hills Golf Club

The calendar may say January but it looks and feels a lot more like spring at Bunker Hills.  This week the golf course opened its driving range to the public, its earliest opening ever."I’m basically doing this because I can today,...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Senior Safety Discussed During Public Forum in Anoka

Senior safety was top of mind in Anoka this week during a special forum put on by public safety officials.Anoka County Attorney Tony Palumbo shared some important information about seniors and crime.  Palumbo was joined by Anoka County Sheriff Ja...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

City Creating Formal Goose Management Plan

The city is in the process of creating a formal goose management plan and is seeking input from the public.An open house is planned on Tuesday, January 24th from 5 to 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  You can learn more about the draft plan, ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Preliminary Planning Underway for 2018 Park Projects

A couple of park improvement projects are on the horizon here in Coon Rapids.On Monday night, city staff hosted an open house for the public to learn more about planned improvements at both Riverwind Park and Crooked Lake Park. Construction won’...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

New Rules Take Effect for Mississippi River Development

New rules are now in place that regulate development along a 72-mile stretch of the Mississippi River through the Twin Cities.The new rules, published in late December, replace a 40 year old executive order that previously regulated development in the Mis...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Fire Department Explorers Program to Launch In February

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Fire Department is giving young adults an opportunity to learn about a career in the fire service through hands-on training and education.The program is the first of its kind in Coon Rapids."This is just another ...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Anoka Co. Sheriff Receives Mental Health Award

The Anoka County Sheriff is being honored for his work in the area of mental health.  Sheriff James Stuart was one of two law enforcement leaders recognized on Monday by the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County.  Stuart received the...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Students Create Commemorative Flag for Sheriff's Office

A new flag in honor of local law enforcement is on display at the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.  The wooden flag, crafted by students from Andover High School's Technical Education and Robotics Club, was unveiled last week during a special cerem...

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Posted on: January 13, 2017

Former CRHS Student Receives Big Honor

A big honor for a Coon Rapids High School graduate from the class of 2015.  Kitana Holland was one of 17 youth selected by First Lady Michelle Obama to a student advisory board for a new public awareness campaign.  It's called "Bett...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Sears Closing Coon Rapids Location

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- One of the original anchor stores in Riverdale Village will soon be closing its doors.On Thursday, Sears announced it's closing 150 stores nationwide including its Coon Rapids and Mankato locations here in Minnesota.  It als...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Two New Council Members Sworn into Office

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- As we change the calendar to a new year, there’s some changes on the Coon Rapids City Council.  Two new members were sworn into office this week.Brad Greskowiak is the new representative in ward one.  Gres...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Hortman Sworn in as Minn. House Minority Leader

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A longtime DFL lawmaker from the north metro has a new role in St. Paul this session.  On January 3, Melissa Hortman was elected minority leader of the House of Representatives."I think what voters are looking for is what ...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Coon Rapids Hopes to Secure State Funding for Railroad Overpass

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- State lawmakers convened in St. Paul this week for the start of the 2017 legislative session.Coon Rapids is paying extra close attention to what's happening at the State Capitol this session in hopes of securing funding for a new overpa...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Mercy Hospital Officially has Two Campuses

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The new year is ushering in a big change at two local Allina hospitals.As of January 1, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Unity Hospital in Fridley share a single license and name: Mercy Hospital.  They will be referred to a...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

$1M Lottery Raffle Ticket Sold in Coon Rapids

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids convenience store sold a one million dollar prize in the state lottery's annual Minnesota Millionaire Raffle.  There are actually two top prizes in the New Year's Day drawing: one ticket was sold at the Kwik Tr...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Riverwind Building Faces Uncertain Future

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A city building, used throughout the year by several groups in the community, could soon be downsized or torn down.The Coon Rapids City Council is discussing what the future of the Riverwind Community Center should be, with upgrades ...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Klint, Manning Take Part in Final City Council Meeting

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The end of the year is bringing change on the Coon Rapids City Council.On Tuesday night, Denise Klint and Ron Manning participated in their final City Council meeting representing the people of wards one and two.  Klint serv...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

New Police Officer Takes the Oath of Office

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The newest officer on the Coon Rapids police force took the oath of office this week.Mayor Jerry Koch read the oath of office to Officer Steve Minion during Tuesday night's City Council Meeting.  Minion was born and...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Toys for Joy Celebrates 30 Years of Giving Back

ANOKA, Minn. -- Thirty years ago, Toys for Joy began their mission to ensure that all children in Anoka County have gifts under the Christmas tree each year.This year, the number of families in need in Anoka County is down but that didn’t stop d...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Planning Commission Approves Station Area Plan

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Planning is moving forward for a development project adjacent to the Northstar Commuter Rail station in Coon Rapids.Following its most recent meeting, the Planning Commission is recommending approval of the station area plan submitte...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Business in Evergreen Business Park Expanding

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A company in the Evergreen Business Park is expanding.  The Planning Commission recently approved the site plan for an addition at American Preclinical Services at 8960 Evergreen Boulevard.  The company, which does ...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Vicky Wendel Retires from Anoka County Historical Society

ANOKA, Minn. -- A woman who knows a thing or two about the history of Anoka County is herself making history.Vicky Wendel is retiring from her job as program manager at the Anoka County Historical Society where she's officially worked for the pas...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

ACBC Food Shelf Receives Some Holiday Help

ANOKA, Minn. -- The holidays are a time of giving, and here at the Anoka County Brotherhood Council food shelf, the holidays just got a little brighter for those in need.The Champlin American Legion presented ACBC with a $500 check this week as the food s...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Survey: Residents Concerned About Class Sizes in District 11

ANOKA, Minn. -- A new survey shows a growing concern about class sizes in the Anoka Hennepin School District. In the survey, recently conducted by The Morris Leatherman Company, 20 percent of respondents said large class sizes was the most seriou...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

CTN's Karen Sivanich Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- We want to take a moment to share with you some personal news involving one of our CTN family members.  Karen has been absent from her co-anchoring duties on CTN News for the last month.  She suffered a seizure in t...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Alexandra House Receives $150,000 Donation

BLAINE, Minn. -- A big boost this week for a program that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence.On Tuesday evening, the Alexandra House accepted a check for $150,000 from the TPC Rose, a non-profit group of women affiliated with the Tournament Pla...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Schulte Named 2nd Vice President of AMC

ANOKA, Minn. -- Anoka County commissioner Scott Schulte is undertaking a new role in 2017.  Last week, Schulte was elected "Second Vice President" of the Association of Minnesota Counties at the organization's annual conference. &nb...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Local Improv Troupe Offers Family-Friendly Laughs

ANOKA, Minn. -- An improv comedy troupe from Coon Rapids is used to performing for a 21-and-older crowd, but a new audience is challenging them to be both funny and family-friendly.‘Fantastic Voyage’ troupe member Travis Klinkner said ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

New Senior Apartment Project Makes Debut

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The newest affordable senior housing complex in Coon Rapids is open for business.Last Friday, the River North Apartments, which are located adjacent to the Coon Rapids Ice Center, opened to the public.  The 167 unit, senior ...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Main Street Reconstruction Planned in 2018

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A roadway on the western side of town could soon see an upgrade.  The county is currently in the process of acquiring right-of-way property for the reconstruction of Main Street between Wedgewood Drive in Coon Rapids and 7th...

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

New Vehicle Storage Building Almost Finished

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- District 11's new vehicle storage building in nearing completion.  Work on the new building, which is located on the grounds of Northdale Middle School, started back in October.  The new $2.5 million facili...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

'HOPE Place' Opens for Homeless Youth in Coon Rapids

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After many efforts to find a building, raise funds, make a design, tear down walls and construct new ones, HOPE 4 Youth's transitional housing facility ‘HOPE Place’ is officially open in Coon Rapids.A ded...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

CRHS Launching New Specialty Program Next Year

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new program at Coon Rapids High School will offer college credit to students who want to pursue a career in engineering.  The new Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering will start to offer engineering courses next ...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Pearl Harbor Exhibit Highlights Anoka County’s Role in WWII

ANOKA, Minn. - The Anoka County Historical Society has unveiled a new exhibit in remembrance of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor."Getting it Done: Anoka County's Answer to World War II" highlights the county's...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

City Council Adopts 2017 Budget, Tax Levy

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids City Council adopted the 2017 budget and tax levy this week.The total levy is set at $25.613 million, which is 2.97% higher than this year.  The overall city budget is around $76.5 million.  Once aga...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Civic Center Renovations Nearly Complete

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The finishing touches are being put on a major remodeling project at the Coon Rapids Civic Center.For the last five weeks, crews have been working to give the 20 year old banquet facility a facelift.  There's new ce...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

New Church Planning to Open in Coon Rapids

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new church could be constructed on the site of an old grocery store in Coon Rapids.The Planning Commission recently approved the site plan and conditional use permit for Answer In Jesus Church at 105th and Foley Boulevard. &nbs...

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

New Cub Foods Store Opens in Blaine

BLAINE, Minn. -- A new grocery store has opened its doors in Blaine.  The new 45,000 square foot Cub Foods store in Oak Park Plaza off University Avenue officially opened to the public on Thursday.  The center used to be home to a Jubile...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Anoka Tech Auto and Manufacturing Sees $2 Million in Upgrades

ANOKA, Minn. -- After years of pushing for more funding, the State Legislature awarded Anoka Technical College $2,114,000 to upgrade its Automotive and Manufacturing Hub.The improvements, which are nearing completion, have been underway much of the year.A...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Diversity Group Holds Second Meeting on Police-Community Relations

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- For the second time this fall, a diverse group of community members has met to discuss police-community relations in Coon Rapids.More than two dozen people attended Thursday night's Transformative Circle meeting at the YMCA....

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club Donates AEDs to Local Groups

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club made a heart-felt donation this week.Five Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) were given to five worthy businesses and clubs in Coon Rapids and Anoka.  They include: The Well Sports Tavern, ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Coon Rapids Firefighters Publish 2017 Calendar

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- We're used to seeing firefighters in action, rescuing people, extinguishing fires and keeping the community safe.  Now, get ready to see them in a whole new light."I just threw it out there. I said, 'T...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

License Plate Designed by Coon Rapids Woman Available for Purchase

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A license plate designed by a Coon Rapids woman is now available for purchase.The plate went on sale Thursday morning at license centers across the state.  This summer, Michelle Vesaas won a contest to get her artwork featured ...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

'A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol' Opens at Bunker Hills

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Bunker Hills Event Center is hosting a musical comedy for the holidays."A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol" opened last week and continues through January 1st.  Much of the action takes place in a small t...

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

'Three More Wishes for Christmas' Opens at Majestic Oaks

HAM LAKE, Minn. -- The Seasons Dinner Theatre is kicking off the holidays with a sequel to one of their beloved holiday musicals."Three More Wishes for Christmas" brings Tim Homly back to the stage to reprise his role from the popular 1993 show ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Police Chase Ends with Suspect Shot in Anoka

ANOKA, Minn. --  A police chase in the north metro Thursday afternoon ended with the suspect being shot by police.It happened before 1 p.m. after a man allegedly shot another man near a gas station in East Bethel and then took off.The chase, whic...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

CRHS Freshmen Take Part in 'Respect Retreat'

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Bullying is a problem schools across the country face every year.  Here in the Twin Cities, there is a local non-profit organization working to try to change that.On Thursday, the freshman class at Coon Rapids High School go...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

City Hosts Townhome Association Forum

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Board members from townhome associations around the city gathered for a special meeting on Monday night.The city hosted a "Townhome Association Forum"  in the council chambers at the Coon Rapids City Center. &n...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Volunteers Honored at Commission Appreciation Dinner

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Community members who strive to make Coon Rapids a better place to live, work and play were thanked for their service Wednesday evening.Members of the City's various commissions were recognized during a dinner at the Bunker ...

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

CenturyLink Opens Retail Store in Coon Rapids

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- If you're considering CenturyLink for high speed internet or cable service... you don't have to travel far to learn more about their products.Today, CenturyLink opened a retail store at 13060 Riverdale Drive in Rive...

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Posted on: November 11, 2016

Anoka County Launches Heroin Prevention Initiative

ANOKA, Minn. -- Anoka County is responding to the recent wave of heroin overdose cases in the county by redoubling efforts to raise awareness about the danger of its use.A public service announcement aimed at young adults called last tag will air in sever...

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Posted on: November 11, 2016

Renovation Work Underway at Coon Rapids Civic Center

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After two decades of use, the Coon Rapids Civic Center is getting a facelift.  Work started this week on a major renovation project.It’s been a busy week at the Civic Center, with voters casting ballots Tuesday, an...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

2016 Presidential Race Enters Home Stretch

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- In what seems to be a never-ending campaign, the 2016 presidential election season is finally drawing to a close.

People across the country will be heading to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballot to determine...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Explosion, Fire Damages Anoka Business

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Thick dark smoke could be seen for miles Wednesday following an explosion and fire at an Anoka business.

The blaze broke out just before 4 p.m. at Northstar Towing which is located on the north side of Highway 10 nea...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Coon Rapids Economy Showing Positive Signs

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- New data out this week shows the economy added 161,000 jobs in October and the national unemployment rate dipped to 4.9 percent.

Annual wage growth is also surging to levels not seen since before the Great Re...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Community Meeting Held to Discuss Predatory Offender

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Residents in the southern part of the city turned out this week to learn more about a Level Three Sex Offender who recently moved to town.

The community notification meeting was held Wednesday night at the Coon...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Failure to Get Dog Vaccinated Now a Misdemeanor

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Dog owners in Coon Rapids now face a misdemeanor penalty if they fail to get their pet a rabies vaccination.On Tuesday night, the City Council adopted an ordinance that lays out the penalties for failing to ge...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Pederson Floral Site Rezoned to High Density Residential

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The property an old flower shop sits on off Coon Rapids Boulevard is being rezoned.On a split vote Tuesday night, the City Council voted to rezone the Pederson Floral site and surrounding area from office, gen...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Coon Rapids Recycling Coordinator Named 'Recycler of the Year'

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A well deserved honor for the Coon Rapids Recycling Coordinator.  Colleen Sinclair recently received the "2016 Recycler of the Year" award from the Recycling Association of Minnesota. &n...

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

New App Allows Metro Transit Customers to 'Pay by Phone'

Written by Steve EricsonMINNEAPOLIS -- You can now use your smartphone to pay for Metro Transit bus and train fares.  The new Metro Transit App, which was released Thursday, can be downloaded on iOS or Android devices.  It will allow you...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

New Drug Court Hopes to Curb Usage, Recidivism

Written by Jordann RylanceANOKA, Minn. -- Six heroin overdoses last Saturday involving five men and one woman left two people dead and one in critical condition.Investigators think the cases could be connected to a single source of the drug that was eithe...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Several Vandalism Incidents Reported at Lions Coon Creek Park

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Police Department wants to know who's causing damage at a popular city park.The latest incident of vandalism at Lions Coon Creek Park occurred on October 16.  Someone knocked over all ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Nucleus Clinic Announces New Partnership with ARCC

Written by Joe NelsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A low-cost, reproductive health clinic is forming a new partnership with a local college campus.The Nucleus Clinic, celebrating its 45th anniversary, will soon offer the clinic's services at Anoka Ramsey...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Truck Driver Killed in Accident at Blaine Business

Written by Steve EricsonBLAINE, Minn. -- An accident at a Blaine business killed a truck driver this week.It happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday at Gary Carlson Equipment in the 1700 block of Mankato Street.  Police say the victim, a Missouri man...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Enrollment Jumps in the Anoka-Hennepin School District

Written by Steve EricsonANOKA, Minn. -- After years of steady or declining enrollment, the student population in the Anoka-Hennepin School District made an unexpected jump this year.As of October 1, District 11's enrollment stood at 37,200 studen...Read on...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

School Poster Campaign Pushes Healthy Eating

Written by Steve AntusCHAMPLIN, Minn. -- Got veggies?  That's the question now being asked at several District 11 schools as part of a new campaign.During lunch on Tuesday, students from Champlin Park High School stopped by Oxbow Creek E...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

ARCC Theatre Students Staging Fall Play

Written by Steve AntusCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Theater students at Anoka Ramsey Community College debut their fall play this weekend.The play "33 Variations" is based on the Diabelli Variations written by Beethoven near the end of his life. &nb...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Record Numbers of Absentee Ballots Issued in Anoka Co.

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COON RAPIDS, Minn. --  If absentee voting is any indicator, this year's presidential election will shatter a few records.

There are still more than two weeks to go until Election Day and, already, absentee voting is a...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Final Segment of Highway 610 Set to Open

Written by Steve AntusMAPLE GROVE, Minn. -- The Highway 610 extension project reached a major milestone this week.A grand opening celebration was held Thursday afternoon in Maple Grove for the roadway that's nearing its completion to connect with...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Regional Sewer Improvement Project Underway on 121st Ave.

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- If you drive 121st Avenue west of Hanson Boulevard, you've likely had to dodge construction cones and crews in recent weeks.That's because the Metropolitan Council is working to make improvem...Read on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

City Maps Out 2017 Street Reconstruction Program

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city is already mapping out it's street reconstruction program for 2017.  The assistant city engineer presented plans at a Council work session Tuesday night.  They call for the ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Coon Rapids AMC Theatres Adding Alcohol Sales

Written by Steve EricsonCOON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Popcorn and movies go hand in hand but you'll soon be able to order an alcoholic drink at the AMC Theatres in Coon Rapids.This week, the City Council approved a Class 'A' on...Read on...

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Named CEO of Lake Superior Zoo

Written by Steve EricsonDULUTH, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids man is taking the reigns at the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.Corey Leet, who's 36-years-old, will become the CEO on January 2.Leet is currently a research operations manager at Medtronic&a...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Allina Reaches Contract Agreement With Nurses

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Striking nurses voted Thursday to end their walkout and approve a tentative agreement endorsed by union leaders this week. That agreement followed a 17 hour negotiating session with federal mediators at the Governor's mansio...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Anoka County Planning to Launch New Drug Court

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Anoka County is planning to launch a new drug court and expand its Veterans Treatment Court thanks to two new federal grants.

The money is coming from the United States Department of Justice.

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Running Aces Betting New Hotel Will Bring New Customers

COLUMBUS, Minn. -- An Anoka County attraction could soon be a destination for more out of towners looking to get away for the weekend. Running Aces in Columbus is hoping to win big with the addition of a new hotel on their property. Offering harness racin...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

New Hotel Planned Near National Sports Center

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- The city of Blaine is getting a new hotel of its own.

Last month, the Blaine City Council approved plans for the construction of a five story hotel on Baltimore Street adjacent to the National Sports Center....Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Fire Fighters Teach Valuable Lessons at School

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The month of October brings with it Fire Prevention Week. Coon Rapids fire fighters stopped at each elementary school in the city this week to share ideas on fire prevention. This year's message is "don't wait,...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Fire Department Selling 2017 Calendars, Cancer Bracelets

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- For the first time, the Coon Rapids Fire Department is publishing a calendar.

Fire fighters will finish taking the photos this month and the calendar itself will be released in late November. The cos...Read on...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Allina Nurses Strike Could Be Longest In Minn. History

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The third time was not the charm for striking nurses who once again rejected a new contract offer from Allina management this week. Monday's vote means 4,300 Allina nurses continue to walk the picket lines at five Allina hos...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Transit Oriented Development Planned Near Riverdale

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Residents got a chance this week to learn more about a proposed residential development near the Riverdale Transit Station. About two dozen people turned out at an open house Monday night at the Coon Rapids Civic Center to see plans ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Inmate Work Crew Changing Course to Help Community

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Wintercrest Park in Coon Rapids will see long drives, birdies and tee pads, when a new disc golf course opens to the public. The 21-hole course is far from complete but crews are working to clear fairways and remove brush. Building t...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

2 Killed in Helicopter Crash in Lino Lakes

Written by Steve Ericson

LINO LAKES, Minn. -- A shocking scene in the sky over Lino Lakes during the evening rush Thursday night.

A helicopter broke apart and plummeted to the ground, killing the two occupants on board.

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Fire Damages Coon Rapids Apartment Building

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Fire investigators are still looking into what caused an apartment fire last weekend.

The blaze broke out around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at an apartment building in the 800 block of Northdale Boulevard near Sa...Read on...

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Cardinals Mark Homecoming Week at CRHS

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Cardinal pride is running high at Coon Rapids High School. It’s homecoming week and that means the crowning of a new king and queen. Seniors Jack Scheck and Kalley Harris were crowned homecoming king and queen during the co...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Allina Nurses Voting on New Contract October 3rd

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. --- A possible breakthrough this week in the Allina nurses strike which is nearing the four week mark.

Allina nurses will vote on October 3rd whether to accept or reject a new proposal on the table followi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Regency Beauty Institute Closes All Locations in U.S.

Written by Steve Ericson BLAINE, Minn. -- A Twin Cities-based beauty academy abruptly shut its doors for good this week leaving students and staff in limbo. Students we talked to outside Regency Beauty Institute's Blaine location Thursday afterno...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

CRAA Partners with Minnesota Vikings for Mini-Camp

Written by Jordann Rylance COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids youth football players had a chance to learn some skills and drills from some of the very best in the game. Minnesota Vikings players past and present took part in a mini-camp for CRAA players t...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

District 11 Offering Free Home Wi-Fi Hotspots

Written by Joe Nelson ANOKA, Minn. -- District 11 is taking steps outside the classroom to make sure more students succeed in school. Thanks to a grant from the Anoka-Hennepin Educational Foundation, the district has purchased dozens of Wi-Fi hotspots for...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Connexus Energy Customers Getting New Meters

Written by Steve Ericson

RAMSEY, Minn. -- Connexus Energy is rolling out new meters to all of its customers over the next two years.

The current metering system, which is 22 years old, will be replaced with Advanced Meter Infrastructure or A-M-I. T...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Recycling Center Puts 2 Paper Shredders into Service

Written by Steve Antus COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's relief for city residents who have a need to shred documents but don't want to wait in long lines at the monthly collection. Two new self-service paper shredders are up and running at ...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Rotary Club Fundraiser Coming to Bunker Hills

Written by Steve Antus COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser in early October. The Bunker Hills Event Center will be the site of "The Rapids Sampler." There will be food sampling from Kendall's Tavern...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

CTN Receives 4 National Awards

Written by Steve Ericson

AUSTIN, Texas -- We're pleased to report that CTN has received four national awards from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

CTN took home the third place award for overall excellence in go...Read on...

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Postal Service Delivers Halloween Stamp to Anoka

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Halloween Capital of the World officially has the stamp of approval from the U.S. Postal Service.

On Thursday morning, the new Halloween stamp was unveiled during a special ceremony in downtown Anoka. Fo...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

‘State of the River’ Highlights Improvements, Concerns on the Mississippi

Written by Joe Nelson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Much of the rain we see finds its way to the Mississippi River, and a new study on the river out this week shows both healthy trends and cause for concern. The Friends of the Mississippi River released its "...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Coon Rapids Sports Facility Looks to Move to Ramsey

Written by Jordann Rylance COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A popular indoor sports training facility in Coon Rapids is planning to relocate to accommodate its growing needs. Adrenaline Sports Center wants to construct a larger training facility in the city of Ramse...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Police Tribute Truck Makes Visit to Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Quite the scene in Coon Rapids last weekend as a moving tribute to fallen officers made its way through town. Police escorted a large semi truck through the streets to the American Legion for the second annua...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Police Monument Dedicated at Coon Rapids City Center

Written by Steve Ericson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A tribute to all Coon Rapids police officers is now officially complete out in front of the City Center. Before Tuesday night's City Council Meeting, the police monument was officially dedicated. The...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

State Funding for DWI Officer Will Continue

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids full-time DWI officer will continue to help keep our streets safe through at least 2017.

This week, the City Council accepted a $120,000 grant from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety for...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Absentee Voting Underway for General Election

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The election is still more than six weeks away but some Minnesotans have already cast their ballot for president.

Today, absentee voting began across the state. Any eligible voter in Minnesota can vo...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Coon Rapids Wins National Sustainability Award

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS -- The City of Coon Rapids has won a national award for its efforts to go green.

This week, the City Council honored staff for winning the "2016 Sustainability Practices Award" from the American Publi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

New Miss Coon Rapids Crowned

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new Miss Coon Rapids has been crowned.

Callista Wengel was named Miss Coon Rapids 2017 during the annual pageant last weekend at Coon Rapids High School. A total of four young ladies competed for t...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Andover

Written by Jordann Rylance COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A disease that destroys trees has been found not far from the Coon Rapids border. In late August, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed an Emerald Ash Borer infestation in Andover. The species c...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Splash Pad Planned for New Park on Coon Rapids Blvd.

Written by Steve Ericson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Plans continue for the construction of a brand new park in Coon Rapids next year. At a work session this week, the City Council discussed what amenities they would like to see at Boulevard Park which will be ...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

ARCC Still in Running for $1M Prize in National Contest

Written by Joe Nelson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- School is back in session at Anoka Ramsey Community College but it's not just the students working hard to earn high grades. This week, A.R.C.C. earned national recognition as one of the top community c...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

First-ever Interfaith Forum Held in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Community and spiritual leaders gathered last weekend for the first-ever Interfaith Forum in Coon Rapids. Dozens of people took part in the forum on September 11th in the Coon Rapids Civic Center. The convers...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

September 11th Anniversary Marked on Main Street Bridge

Written by Steve Antus COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Last Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. For many, it's a day to reflect on those tragic events which changed how we live. For the 10th stra...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

North Suburban Hospital Board Being Dissolved

Written by Steve Ericson

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- The North Suburban Hospital District Board voted this week to dissolve itself.

Since the 1960s, the board has been collecting tax dollars from five cities in the Fridley area and determining some capital ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

KSTP's Ken Barlow Makes Visit to Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Antus COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The 17th annual Senior Safety Camp was held this week. This year's theme was "Bee Safe, Bee Healthy, Bee Happy." Seniors got to hear from public safety experts including fire chief John Piper...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Allina Nurses Strike for Second Time in Four Months

Written by Jordann Rylance COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Allina officials and nurses failed to come to contract agreements on health care coverage, nurse safety and staffing last week, prompting an open-ended strike. "We're disappointed that the Uni...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

New Funding Expands Pre-K Classes in District 11

Written by Joe Nelson COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The state's budget is helping more kids across Minnesota attend pre-school. During the last legislative session, lawmakers approved $25 million in funding for low income area schools to expand pre-kinde...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Gas Station Torn Down as Foley Blvd. Reconstruction Starts

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After several weeks of delays, work is officially underway on a seven million dollar reconstruction project on Foley Boulevard.

Over the next year, Foley is being upgraded from a two lane to a four lane...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Hwy. 10 in Anoka Getting Concrete Median Barrier

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A dangerous area for pedestrians in Anoka is getting some much needed safety improvements.

This week, MnDOT started work on erecting a concrete median barrier on Highway 10 between Fairoak Avenue and Thurston...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Fire Destroys Coon Rapids Home

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- An early morning fire destroyed a Coon Rapids home on Labor Day.

The flames broke out just before seven at a home in the 3100 block of 131st Avenue which is near Crooked Lake.

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Coon Rapids Veteran Being Honored on 9/11

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. And the Minnesota Humanities Center is using the occasion to honor 25 well deserving veterans including a Coon Rapids woman.

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Allina Nurses Planning to Strike on Labor Day

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Allina nurses will walk off the job on Labor Day for the second time this year.

That's the word late this week from union leaders who have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract with Allina ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Diversity Group Discussing Police-Community Relations on September 1st

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A diverse community group that formed last fall is about to kick-off a new season and they hope more people will join them.

The group, called Transformative Circle, met monthly during the previous schoo...Read on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Logistics Program Gives Students A Boost In the Workforce

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANOKA, Minn. -- The logistics marketplace is facing a shortage of qualified workers, and a program at Anoka Technical College is answering the call.

"It's a 16-credit program where a student can go for a whole term an...Read on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Coon Rapids Company Lights up the State Fair

Written by Joe Nelson

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Fair opened its gates this week, and tens of thousands of people have already found their way to the rides, animals and food.

A Coon Rapids company has been a part of the fair for y...Read on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

J.C. Penney Stores Start Selling Appliances

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- You may notice something new the next time you visit a J.C. Penney's store.

The retailer is starting the process of opening appliance showrooms at half of its stores. Today, the appliance showroom op...Read on...

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Hosts Kids Day

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Right now there's lots of Minnesota grown, fruits and vegetables, ready for picking.

On Wednesday, it was Kids Day at the Coon Rapids Farmers Market. Children got free face painting and members of the Co...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Allina Nurses Vote to Strike Again

Written by Jordann Rylance

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Thousands of nurses at five Allina Health hospitals in the Twin Cities voted Thursday not to accept a new contract from Allina Health and will begin to plan an open-ended strike.

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Without Special Session, Plans for Hanson Blvd. Bridge Derailed

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There will not be a special session.

That's the word this week from Governor Mark Dayton who met with legislative leaders on Thursday afternoon.

Without a special session, there's no bonding bil...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

New Public Space to Hunt in Anoka County

Written by Joe Nelson

COLUMBUS, Minn. -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is taking on a new project in Anoka County that gives the public a new place to hunt and enjoy nature.

Pheasants Forever recently bought 200 acres of land near Co...Read on...

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Recycling Center Purchasing 2 Paper Shredders

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Paper shredding has become so popular that the Coon Rapids Recycling Center is planning to purchase two of its own machines.

Currently, a truck is brought in once a month and residents literally line up...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

Coon Rapids Heart Safe Program Making Global Impact

Written by Steve Antus

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Coon Rapids Heart Safe initiative is making a global impact to help save lives.

This week, a couple of visitors from England came to Minnesota for some in-depth training. The training was, thanks in part,...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

Lightning Sparks Fire at Coon Rapids Restaurant

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A lightning strike is believed to have sparked a fire at the Burger King on Northdale Boulevard Thursday morning.

Someone reported seeing smoke coming from the roof of the business just before 11 a.m. ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

ECM Being Bought by Another Publishing Group

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- One of the largest publishers of weekly newspapers in the country is being bought by another publishing group.

On Wednesday, ECM Publishers, which has its corporate offices right here in Coon Rapids, an...Read on...

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

School Supply Drive Underway at Northtown Mall

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Northtown Mall is once again helping children in need return to the classroom this fall with the proper school supplies.

Their "Back to School Supply and Donation Drive" is currently underway and c...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Greskowiak, Stevens Move on to General Election in Ward 1

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids City Council candidates Brad Greskowiak and Julia Stevens are moving on to the General Election ballot in November.

On Tuesday night, Greskowiak and Stevens came out on top in a field of six...Read on...

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Geisler, Philipsek Advance to General Election in Ward 4

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids City Council candidates Jenny Geisler and Chuck Philipsek are moving on to the General Election ballot in November.

On Tuesday night, Geisler and Philipsek came out on top in a field of five...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Watershed District to Build New Headquarters in Coon Rapids

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- From more than 1,500 possible sites, the Coon Creek Watershed District has decided to call Coon Rapids home.

"This site is right on Coon Creek. It is representative of a lot of things the distric...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

2 City Council Seats on Primary Election Ballot

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Some Coon Rapids voters will head to the polls next week to narrow the field in two different City Council wards.

The primary election is Tuesday, August 9th. In Ward One, currently occupied by Deni...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Allina Nurses Could Vote to Strike Again

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Allina nurses could once again be walking the picket line but this time the strike could go on indefinitely.

Both sides met again Monday but nurses say they are farther apart on a contract agreement. T...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Dies in Hastings Crash

Written by Steve Ericson

HASTINGS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids man is dead following a crash in the south metro last weekend.

The accident happened around 2:30 a.m. July 30th in Hastings. The State Patrol says 57-year-old Robert Kary was driving a semi ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Young Volunteers Using 3M Championship as Law Enforcement Experience

Written by Joe Nelson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Some future police officers are taking part in a major event in Blaine this week.

Dozens of young volunteers are spending the week on the course at the 3M Championship.

Thousands come to the TPC Course in Bl...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

New Interpretive Center Opens at Springbrook Nature Center

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- If you build it, they will come. That's exactly what happened last weekend in Fridley.

More than 100 people celebrated the grand opening of the new interpretive center at the Springbrook Nature Center. Following a special ceremony, ...Read on...

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Coon Rapids Residents Gather for 'Night to Unite'

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Citizens across the state and country gathered Tuesday night to get to know their neighbors and take a stand against crime.

Here in Coon Rapids, more than 100 groups registered their block parties for t...Read on...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Bus Companies Searching for Drivers as School Year Approaches

Written by Joe Nelson

ANDOVER, Minn. -- The Anoka-Hennepin School District held a job fair this week, with several openings available to drive school buses.

Todd Strommen with Kottkes’ Bus Service in Andover said he first took the wheel driving a sc...Read on...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

More Improvements Underway at Mercy Hospital

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- This week marked the beginning of some more big changes on the campus of Mercy Hospital here in Coon Rapids.

On Wednesday, the entrance to the emergency room was relocated to the west side of the hospit...Read on...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Coon Rapids Getting its First Taproom

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Good news for beer lovers! Coon Rapids will be getting its first taproom by the beginning of next year.

This week, Alloy Brewing Company announced plans to open a brewery on the southside of Coon Rapid...Read on...

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

4-H in Spotlight at Anoka County Fair

Written by Steve Antus

ANOKA, Minn. -- You know the Anoka County Fair is filled with lots of food and fun. But the fun for families is readily on display at the 4-H building.

There's something going on here everyday, and tonight is family night.
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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Soccer Players Try to Beat the Heat at USA Cup

Written by Jordann Rylance

BLAINE, Minn. -- Summer can be unrelenting in Minnesota.

Jordann Rylance asks, “Is it worse this year than last year?"

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Heat Draws Big Crowd to Bunker Beach

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Bunker Beach was the place to be to try to beat the heat this week.

We stopped by on Thursday afternoon and found a big crowd cooling off in the water. In fact, they were lined up before the park even ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Storms Topple Trees in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Storms blew through the area early Thursday morning bringing high winds that caused some damage.

Here in Coon Rapids, we found mostly tree limbs and branches scattered across streets and in yards. T...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Council Candidates Participate in Public Forum

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Candidates running for two open City Council seats squared off in a public forum this week.

On Wednesday night, the six candidates running for Ward One and the five candidates running for Ward Four took...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

'One Team' Conditioning Camp Shaping Cardinals in Offseason

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- We’re still more than a month away from seeing kids head back to school, but that hasn’t stopped students from showing up at Coon Rapids High School bright and early.

A new conditioning camp called ‘One Te...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

MN Sled Hockey Moving to Coon Rapids Ice Center

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Ice Center will soon be home to a unique hockey program for those with physical disabilities.

On Monday, the Minnesota Wild presented a check for $10,000 to the Minnesota Sled Hockey ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Anoka County Fair Opens July 26th

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Organizers are gearing up for the six day run of the Anoka County Fair.

The fun starts July 26th and continues through July 31st in Anoka. Admission covers entry into the fair as well as the grand stand even...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

New Mandate Requires Gov't Agencies to File Court Documents Electronically

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANOKA, Minn. -- A new mandate that went into effect July 1st now requires attorneys and government agencies statewide to file court documents electronically.

The Anoka County Attorney's Office files more than 4,000 new cou...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Man Dies Following Crash on Hanson Boulevard

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Minneapolis man has died following a crash over the weekend on Hanson Boulevard.

It happened around 6-30 Sunday night near 127th Avenue. Witnesses say a car driven by 48-year-old Robert Wojcik Junior...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Allina Nurses Head Back to Bargaining Table

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Allina nurses and management have returned to the bargaining table for the first time since last month's strike.

Thousands of nurses took part in a one week strike in June after being unable to reach an...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Pokemon Go Players Fill Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Gamers are no longer just uniting online, but in parks, and on sidewalks.

Within a few days of the game's release, Pokemon Go has millions of people trying to catch virtual cartoon characters outdoors, usi...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dozens Gather for First Neighborhood Meeting of Summer

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A beautiful night greeted dozens of people who attended the first neighborhood meeting of the summer this week.

On Tuesday night, residents gathered at Sunrise Pond Park which is located near University...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Gordmans Opens New Store in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new business has officially opened its doors in Coon Rapids.

Gordmans marked the grand opening with a special ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday evening. They also presented a check for $2,500 to t...Read on...

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Opens for the Season

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Growing season in Minnesota means fresh produce at the Farmers Market.

The Coon Rapids Farmers Market opened this week. It will be open every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Ice Center. This year, the Farmers Mar...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Mississippi Blvd. Closed for Reconstruction

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A portion of Mississippi Boulevard will be closed for several weeks for street reconstruction work.

The closure is between Coon Rapids Boulevard and 109th Lane.

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Reconstruction Underway on Crooked Lake Blvd.

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Reconstruction work also got underway this week on another major roadway in the area.

Crooked Lake Boulevard is being repaved between Coon Rapids Boulevard and the BNSF railroad tracks. The roadway wil...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Lightning Sparks 2 House Fires in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Severe storms that blasted the area Tuesday night sparked two house fires in Coon Rapids.

The first fire broke out just after 6 p.m. at this home in the 10900 block of Mississippi Boulevard. Firefighte...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

New Ordinance Regulates Predatory Offenders Residency

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The City Council adopted a new ordinance this week that places restrictions on level three sex offenders planning to move to Coon Rapids.

The ordinance does not allow level three predatory offenders to ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

City Council Adopts Ordinance Regulating Park Hours

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city is trying to make park hours more uniform in Coon Rapids.

On Tuesday night, the City Council passed an ordinance setting park hours from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily unless otherwise authorized. ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Coon Rapids Artist Wins Minn. License Plate Contest

Written by Joe Nelson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids woman's artwork will soon be on display on freeways and in parking lots across the state.

Michelle Vesaas won a contest to design a new Minnesota license plate to represent state parks and trail...Read on...

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Hundreds Take Part in Inaugural Firecracker 5K

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The first-ever Firecracker 5K turned out to be a big success last weekend.

Nearly 300 people hit the streets near the Coon Rapids Ice Center on a beautiful Saturday morning running, jogging or walking j...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Springbrook Nature Center Construction Project Nearly Complete

Written by Jordann Rylance

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- As the construction wraps up on the Springbrook Nature Center's new interpretive center, the staff looks ahead to what the new space will provide.

"We're really excited that not only can we accommoda...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Noodles & Company Customers Warned of Security Breach

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Customers of Noodles and Company are being asked to check their bank statements after a data security breach.

The company recently discovered malware that could have compromised credit and debit card in...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Mississippi Blvd. Closed Starting July 5th

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Street reconstruction will force the closure of a major roadway after the 4th of July.

Starting July 5th, Mississippi Boulevard will be closed from Coon Rapids Boulevard to just north of 109th Lane. Th...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Repaving of Crooked Lake Blvd. Starts July 5th

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Reconstruction work will get underway next week on Crooked Lake Boulevard.

The work starts July 5th and should be finished by July 22nd, weather permitting.

Crooked Lake Boulevard is being repave...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Firefighters Raise Record Amount for MDA

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Firefighters took off their boots and hit the streets to raise money for a good cause this week.

Members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department spent three days raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Ass...Read on...

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Teen Owner Opens Computer Repair Shop in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- While most teens look for part time jobs in the summer, one from Anoka has taken the leap and opened his own business.

Simple Computer Repair had its grand opening last month on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

W...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Modifications Made to Hanson Railroad Overpass Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Residents reviewed revised plans for an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks at a public open house this week.

The first public open house for the project was held back in March.

Followin...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Allina Nurses Planning to Strike on June 20th

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Thousands of Allina nurses are set to walk off the job this weekend to protest stalled contract negotiations with management.

A federal mediator brought both sides back to the bargaining table earlier t...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Regional Rail Authority Selling Land to City's HRA

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A transit-oriented development near the Riverdale Commuter Rail Station is one step closer to reality.

On Tuesday, the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority approved the sale of the land it owns adjacent...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Historical Markers Bringing History to Life

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The way we view history is changing in Coon Rapids.

“Our plans are to have about 20 of those markers in various places around Coon Rapids,” says Bob Powell, Coon Rapids Historical Commission.

The ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

School Task Force Looking at Facility Needs in District 11

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- A task force made up of parents, educators and community members continues to look at space needs for future growth in District 11.

The 33-member task force met for the third time last Thursday night at Blai...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Summer Art Camp Returns to Anoka

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- With kids out of school, parents are looking for different ways to keep them learning and engaged.

Summer Art Camp at the Rum River Arts Center in Anoka is back in session this week, where kids are learning mo...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Summer Safety Camp Still Accepting Registrations

Written by Steve Ericson

7-14-16 UPDATE: REGISTRATION FOR SAFETY CAMP IS NOW CLOSED.
CHECK BACK AGAIN FOR THIS EVENT WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE IN JULY 2017.

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's still time to sign up for a popular summer camp that teaches kids...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Coon Rapids American Legion Building Up For Sale

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids American Legion Post 334 is up for sale as it looks to downsize and cut costs.

For more than 50 years, veterans have found their way to the legion on Crooked Lake Boulevard for a hot meal, a c...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Allina Nurses Planning to Strike on June 20th

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Nurses in the Allina health system are planning to walk off the job after rejecting a new contract this week.

On Monday, nurses from all five metro Allina hospitals including Mercy and Unity rejected ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Second Open House Planned for Hanson Railroad Bridge Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The project still hinges on bonding money from the state but residents will soon get an update on the Hanson railroad bridge project.

An open house is planned on Wednesday, June 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at E...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Construction Begins on Housing Facility for Homeless Youth

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new transitional housing facility for homeless youth is one step closer to reality.

The non-profit Hope 4 Youth officially kicked off construction of "Hope Place" this week.

Members of th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

New Car Dealership Planned in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new car dealership is coming to town.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved an amendment to the Gateway Commerce Center which is located at Highway 10 and Hanson Boulevard.

The change wil...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Registration Open for Summer Community Education Classes

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Now that school is out for the summer, many parents are looking for activities for their kids to take part in for the next few months.

The Anoka Hennepin Community Education Department has plenty of sum...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Primary Election Required in 2 of 4 City Council Races

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Filings for public office closed this week and there will be a primary for two of the four City Council seeks up for re-election.

Here's a look at the candidates who have filed (more than two candi...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Mississippi River Rulemaking Process Nearly Complete

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Minnesota DNR is once again seeking comments on proposed rules aimed at protecting the metro portion of the Mississippi River.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 15th at 4:30 p.m. at Gre...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Body of Missing Man Found at Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A tragic end this week to the case of a missing Coon Rapids man.

58-year-old Thomas Crew went missing Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, his body was found in a wooded area near the Coon Rapids Dam.
...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Allina Nurses Could Strike as Contract Talks Stall

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Allina nurses will vote next week on whether to accept the latest contract offer or authorize a strike.

The contract for 5,000 nurses in the Allina health system expired on May 31st and, so far, neith...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Mercy Hospital Planning Major Expansion Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Mercy Hospital is planning a big expansion project.

At its May 19th meeting, the Planning Commission approved a site plan for a new, three level parking deck and a 40,000 square foot addition to the o...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Anoka County 4-H Buckthorn Busters Head to State Competition

Written by Jordann Rylance

EAST BETHEL, Minn. -- A group of students is looking to rid the state of a major problem.

"We're working on Buckthorn, which is an invasive species here in Minnesota. Our Buckthorn here at our house is right down here...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Couples Celebrate 50+ Years of Marriage

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn.-- The Coon Rapids Senior Center held a special event this week to honor seniors married for 50 years or more.

Thirty couples made the 'March Through the Arch' ceremony on Thursday at the Coon Rapids Senior C...Read on...

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

New Restaurant Opens at Four Seasons Curling Club

Written by Steve Antus

BLAINE, Minn. -- There's a cool, new restaurant in Blaine that's off the beaten path.

The Sticks and Stones restaurant is open for business. Its located at the Ice House, which overlooks the U.S. Olympic training site for cur...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Hanson Railroad Bridge in Limbo Following Legislative Session

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The 2016 Legislative session is history and lawmakers failed to reach agreement on several key items including a bonding bill.

Coon Rapids and Anoka County had hoped to receive $12 million in the bondin...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Filings for Public Office Close May 31st

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's just a few days left to file for public office. Locally there's four city council seats and four county commissioner seats up for re-election.

Here's a list of local filings as of 4 p.m. on Fri...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

New Police K-9 Preparing to Hit the Streets

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Just a few weeks ago, Taz, the new Police K-9, didn't understand any English.

The Begin Malinois came from the Czech Republic just seven weeks ago.

Now Taz is preparing to graduate from training sc...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Now in Effect

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- You can now apply to keep backyard chickens in Coon Rapids. The ordinance, approved earlier this month, took effect this week.

But before you can build a coop and purchase chickens, you must submit a p...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Construction Work Underway on Highway 65

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Motorists who use Highway 65 may encounter delays in the coming weeks.

This week, MnDOT started micro-surfacing work on southbound 65 between County Road 10 in Mounds View and 217th Avenue in East Bethel. ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Hard at Work, Advocating for Disabled Peers

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids man is dedicated to both cleaning up and creating jobs for his peers.

For the past 20 years, Grant Latuff has been working with Opportunity Services, an organization that provides jobs to peo...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Community Members 'Walk A Mile in Her Shoes'

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Hundreds of people joined forces last weekend to take steps to end domestic violence.

More than 500 people took part in "Walk A Mile in Her Shoes" which is an international men's march to stop rape,...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

YMCA Locations Celebrate 'Senior Health and Fitness Day'

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- YMCA locations across the Twin Cities took time out to celebrate seniors this week.

On Wednesday, they held a Senior Health and Fitness Day. The theme was follow the A-B-Cs of staying young at heart: ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Firecracker 5K Added to Fourth of July Celebration

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new event will help kick off the 4th of July festivities in Coon Rapids this year.

It's called the "Firecracker 5-K" and signups are currently underway for the fun run.

The 5K will start...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Road Construction Underway in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Crews have been tearing up streets throughout Coon Rapids, but fortunately traffic is still moving its way through, without detours.

Current projects include Evergreen and Mississippi Boulevards along with...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Officials Celebrate Completion of Hwy. 10/Armstrong Blvd. Interchange

Written by Steve Ericson

RAMSEY, Minn. -- A big celebration was held Friday to mark the completion of a major interchange project in the city of Ramsey.

Local dignitaries, along with Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, gat...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Recent Fires Prompt Educational Message from Fire Department

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- "This just hangs right above the stove on the kitchen hood area,” says Todd Williams, Coon Rapids Fire Marshal.

This affordable stovetop firestop saved this apartment from going up in flames.

...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Filings for Public Office Open

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Filings for public office opened this week. Locally there's four city council seats and four county commissioner seats up for re-election.

Here's the list as of 4 p.m. on Friday, May 20:

Coon Rap...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Fallen Officers Honored at Anoka County Memorial Service

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Law enforcement members from across the county gathered this week to pay tribute to officers who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

Dozens of people gathered at the Anoka County Government Center Wednesday for t...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Home Remodeling Tour Draws Big Crowd

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- It may have been the warm weather, but last weekend's Coon Rapids Home Remodeling Tour attracted 200 more people than it did a year ago.

Last Sunday, more than 1,400 people came out to tour the six hom...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

National Sports Center in Blaine Expanding Again

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- The National Sports Center in Blaine is working on an addition of its own.

The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission recently finalized a lease agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission to acquire 49...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Mercy and Unity Hospitals Merging Services

Written by Jordann Rylance

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- When Randy Wall was four years old, he started bleeding out after a tonsillectomy. His mother, Betty, drove him as quickly as she could from their home in Mounds View to the nearest hospital in Minneapolis....Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Coon Rapids Considers Predatory Offender Ordinance

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The City Council is considering a new ordinance that would place restrictions on Level Three sex offenders planning to move to Coon Rapids.

At a work session this week, staff brought forward a proposal ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Filings for Public Office Open May 17th

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The presidential race won't be the only thing on the ballot this fall.

Locally, four of the seven City Council seats are up for re-election.

Filings for public office open May 17th and close May 31st...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Old, Abandoned Home Demolished in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- An eyesore in one Coon Rapids neighborhood is all but a memory.

On Tuesday afternoon, this house at 9910 Linnet Street was brought to the ground. The property has been vacant and boarded up since 2013. ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Sprinkler Keeps Damage to Minimum Following Apartment Fire

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A sprinkler is being credited with saving lives and preventing significant damage at a Coon Rapids apartment building this week.

The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in a second floor unit at &q...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Non-Traditional Student Graduates from Anoka-Ramsey

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- More than 1,000 Anoka-Ramsey Community College graduates are heading to pursue four-year degrees or careers including one who was recently named Outstanding Student of the Year.

Amanda Romeo came to ARCC l...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Blaine Now Most Populous City in Anoka County

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Coon Rapids is no longer the largest city in Anoka County according to data released this week by the Metropolitan Council.

Between 2010 and 2015, Blaine added nearly 6,000 households. Their population no...Read on...

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Hundreds Take Part in Kids Fishing Clinic

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- It's fishing opener weekend in Minnesota but some kids got a jump start on the action last weekend.

Hundreds of kids took part in the Kids Fishing Clinic at the Coon Rapids Dam. It's held annually on t...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Council Votes to Allow Backyard Chickens in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After six years of discussions, the city council voted six-to-one this week to allow chickens in Coon Rapids.

The new ordinance will take effect May 23.

With the vote just minutes away, Coon Rapids cit...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Native Plantings Ordinance Approved by City Council

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The City Council approved an ordinance this week that allows native plantings and landscapes for homeowners.

Under current city code, grass and weeds can't be taller than eight inches. The new ordinan...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Planning Underway for New Water Tower

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new water tower is expected to be constructed in Coon Rapids in the next two years.

Once that happens, the water tower on Foley Boulevard, the smallest of the three, would be taken out of service. ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Aeropostale Closing Coon Rapids Store, 3 Others in Minn.

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A once popular teen fashion retailer is filing for bankruptcy and closing stores including four here in Minnesota.

On Wednesday, New York based Aeropostale announced its seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy pr...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Group Educating African Immigrant Community About Chronic Diseases

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's a push underway in the African immigrant community to educate local residents about chronic diseases and other health issues.

Last Saturday, the Liberian Health Initiative organized a communi...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

City Makes Big Donation to 'Hope 4 Youth'

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- 'Hope 4 Youth' is getting some help from the city as it continues construction on a new transitional housing facility off Coon Rapids Boulevard.

This week, the City Council authorized a grant to Hope 4...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Students Hold 'Empty Bowls' Fundraiser

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Some local students held a fundraiser this week to help several causes including Hope 4 Youth.

The second annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place Thursday evening at the Compass Bell Center in Coon Rap...Read on...

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

End of an Era at Anoka Ramsey Community College

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- It's the end of an era at Anoka Ramsey Community College.

Tom Yelle is retiring after 29 years as head coach of the ARCC baseball team. He coached his final home game last Sunday at Wintercrest Park. ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Ramsey Death Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence

Written by Jordann Rylance

RAMSEY, Minn. -- Domestic violence has claimed the life of a Ramsey woman, and left four children without parents.

30-year old Courtney Monson died April 22 after her husband shot her before turning the gun on himself.
...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Discussion at Psychiatric Hospital Urges More State Funding

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A public meeting at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center this week gave a diverse group a platform to push for legislative support.

A panel pushed the importance of more state funding for mental health hosp...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance on May 3rd Council Agenda

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids City Council will take up the issue of backyard chickens next week.

At its last meeting, the City Council introduced an ordinance regulating chickens and amending the non-domestic ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Native Plantings Ordinance Under Consideration

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- An ordinance under consideration at the May 3rd meeting would allow for native plantings and landscapes.

Under current city code, grass and weeds can't be taller than eight inches. The new ordinance wo...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Funding for Hanson Bridge Included in Senate Bonding Bill

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Senate included funding in its bonding bill for a grade separation at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks this week.

For the last year, public safety officials have been pushing for a brid...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Construction Underway on New Intersection Near Sand Creek Park

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Preparations are underway for a new intersection near Sand Creek Park.

Late last year, the City Council awarded the contract to Valley Paving in the amount of $905,000.

The project involves a ne...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Law Day Held at Anoka County Courthouse

Written by Steve Antus

ANOKA, Minn. -- Dozens of people came out to the Anoka County Government Center on Friday for Anoka Law Day 2016.

The event featured tours of the courthouse and free legal service clinics, like immigration and expungement la...Read on...

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Kids Fishing Clinic Coming to Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Local children will be getting a jump start on the fishing season next weekend.

On May 7, the Coon Rapids Lions Club and Anoka County Parks Department is sponsoring a free "Hooked on Fishing" ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Wife Warns Others After Husband Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Jeff McClintock, 42, of Coon Rapids died after his new motorcycle crashed into a van last week.

He was just learning how to ride and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

At their Coon Ra...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Dies in South Dakota Crash

Written by Steve Ericson

SIOUX FALLS, SD -- A traffic crash in South Dakota late last week left another Coon Rapids man dead and his two daughters badly injured.

The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. last Friday night on Highway 42 near Sioux Falls. ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Riverdale Station Development Project Takes Small Step Forward

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Plans are moving forward in the Riverdale Station Development project, which has been in the works since 2007.

This week the city council met with developers from Sherman Associates to approve the Mem...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Preliminary Approval for Townhouse Project on Coon Rapids Blvd. Ext.

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A site that used to house a sober living facility could soon be getting town homes.

On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved a site plan and preliminary plat for an 11 unit townhouse developm...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Under Consideration

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids residents may soon be allowed to raise chickens in the backyards of their homes.

On Tuesday night, the City Council introduced an ordinance regulating chickens and amending the non-domestic ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

CRHS Employee Honored with Public Health Award

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids High School staff member is being honored for establishing a highly successful biomedical sciences program in area schools.

Last week, Leah Sams accepted one of four Anoka County public ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Sweet Fundraiser for Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Eating yogurt for a good cause. That's exactly what people were doing at a Coon Rapids business this week.

On Wednesday, CherryBerry hosted a fundraiser for the Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association...Read on...

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Summer Concert Series Returning to Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Arts Commission has released the lineup for this summer's Thursday Nights LIVE concert series at the Coon Rapids Dam. The concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m. Here's the list:

June 9 ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Distracted Driving Campaign Aims to Crack Down on Texting While Driving

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- More than 300 law enforcement agencies are working overtime to enforce Minnesota’s distracted driving law as part of a statewide effort to crack down on a growing problem.

"She was texting with b...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Discarded Cigarette Sparks Fire at Apartment Building

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Occupants of four units at a Coon Rapids apartment building have been displaced following a fire this week.

Firefighters were called to the Pine Point Apartments on the 10700 block of Hanson Boulevar...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Local Restaurant Picking Up Pieces Following Prank

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The damage has already been done but police continue to investigate an apparent prank that caught employees of a Coon Rapids Burger King off guard.

Employees of the business proceeded to smash out the w...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Students Showcase Research Projects at ARCC

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Years worth of research projects were on display in Coon Rapids this week.

Dozens of students at Anoka Ramsey Community College showcased studies on wildlife, food origins and physical therapy methods in t...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Hans' Bakery Opens 3rd Location in Twin Cities

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Good news for pastry lovers in the north metro.

Last Sunday, Hans' Bakery opened its third location in the Twin Cities off Highway 65 and 105th Avenue in the city of Blaine. The bakery is open seven days ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

New Cub Foods Coming to Old University Ave. Strip Mall

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- An old strip mall on the Coon Rapids-Blaine border is getting a big makeover.

Recently, crews began tearing down the space in Oak Park Plaza that used to house Jubilee Foods and Crest Cleaners at 109th Avenu...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Students Staging Spring Play at ARCC

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Theater students at Anoka Ramsey Community College are taking the stage for their spring play.

Students are performing the comedy "The Foreigner" this weekend and next. It's written by Americ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

'Ice Fantasy Show' Skating into Coon Rapids Ice Center

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Ice Center is gearing up for an annual tradition that celebrates the accomplishments of local skaters.

This year's Ice Fantasy Show will run from April 21st through the 24th. The theme ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 15, 2016

Green Expo on April 23rd at National Sports Center

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- The annual Green Expo is quickly approaching.

This year's event will take place Saturday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Sports Center.

The Green Expo is designed to give the public a ...Read on...

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Posted on: April 8, 2016

Memorial Basketball Tournament Rolls on 13 Years After Fatal Crash

Written by Joe Nelson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Thirteen years after Corey Chase and three others died in a train crash, his memory lives on through family and friends at Blaine High School each year.

Since 2004, Corey’s brother, Sam Chase has come to Blaine...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

Funding Boost for Mental Health Services in Anoka County

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- For the past three years, Anoka County has offered mobile mental health crisis services.

This week, the state announced an investment that will add $96,812 to the program.

“Our team here in Anoka County in 20...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

Anoka Police Offer Reward in Vandalism Incidents

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Anoka police want to know who vandalized murals painted by young people in that city.

Authorities say there have been a number of incidents of vandalism along the Rum River in recent weeks including inside t...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

New Mural Unveiled at Coon Rapids School

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's a new mural created by students at a Coon Rapids school.

On Wednesday the Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School, formerly known as Crossroads, unveiled a student mural to the public. It was creat...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

Coon Rapids Woman Honored for MS Volunteer Work

Written by Jordann Rylance

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Coon Rapids woman was recently recognized for her outstanding volunteer work with the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Mary Gangl has been volunteering at the front desk of the national Multiple Sclerosis Socie...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

More Neighborhood Meetings Planned This Summer

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city is continuing its neighborhood meeting series this summer.

The first meeting will take place at Thorpe Park on June 14th. Subsequent meetings will be held at three other locations: Sunrise P...Read on...

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Posted on: April 1, 2016

Park and Rec Brochure Mailed to All Coon Rapids Homes

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new brochure is arriving in mailboxes across Coon Rapids.

For the first time ever, the city has put together a comprehensive brochure of all the park and recreation programs and events it offers. I...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Big Turnout for Open House on Proposed Hanson Railroad Bridge

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A packed house this week for the first public input meeting for the project.

If state funding is secured this legislative session, a bridge will be built over the Hanson railroad tracks next year.

Do...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Coon Rapids Recycling Report Card Shows Mixed Bag

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Tanya Feldkamp of Minneapolis is on a mission to spread that message throughout Coon Rapids.

She’s a member of Minnesota GreenCorps, an AmeriCorps program run by the state’s pollution control agency focusi...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

City Seeks $4M from State for Street Reconstruction

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Spring is officially here and that means road construction season will soon be upon us.

The city is planning to reconstruct about 7.5 miles of collector streets this summer. On Tuesday night, the City ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Contract Awarded for 85th Avenue Trail Construction

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A contract has been awarded for the construction of a new trail on 85th Avenue.

This week, the City Council awarded the contract for the project to Valley Paving in the amount of $326,804.

The tr...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Candidate Forum Held for Connexus Energy Board Election

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- For the first time ever, the League of Women Voters is getting involved in the election of the Board of Directors for Connexus Energy.

On Monday evening, the local chapter of the League of Women Vote...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Northstar Improving Free Wi-Fi Service, Adds New Passes

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Northstar Commuter Rail line is planning some improvements for customers.

Acknowledging onboard Wi-Fi can be spotty, Metro Transit is working to add cell towers to boost signal strength along the li...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Alumni Art Exhibit Opens at Anoka Ramsey Community College

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Some former art students are helping Anoka Ramsey Community College celebrate its 50th anniversary.

On Thursday evening, the college held its first ever art department alumni exhibition. The exhibition showcases 36 former student...Read on...

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Posted on: March 25, 2016

Postal Service Unveiling Halloween Stamps in Anoka

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Halloween Capitol of the World is getting the stamp of approval from the U.S. Postal Service.

The City of Anoka has been selected for the official unveiling of Halloween stamps featuring four different ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Anoka County Caucus Results Follow Minn, but not U.S.A.

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Minnesota stood out in its chance to shine in the presidential campaign this week.

Senator Bernie Sanders (D) dominated the polls for democrats, and Senator Marco Rubio secured his only victory so far at t...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Pedestrian Struck by Car on Coon Rapids Blvd.

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids man remains in critical condition after being struck by a car on a busy roadway Wednesday night.

The accident happened just after 6 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Coon Rapids Boulevard nea...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Flu Season Forces Hospitals to Tighten Visitor Policies

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- With flu cases widespread across the state, more than a dozen Allina hospitals have started restricting visitors to protect patients and staff.

Visitors who are sick are asked to refrain from visiting...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Demand for Gun Permits Continues

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The demand for gun permits here in Minnesota continues.

According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, 44,696 gun permits were issued last year. That's about 3,000 more compared to 2014 but ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Bunker Hills Executive Golf Course Opens This Weekend

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Here's a sure sign that spring can't be too far off: the golf clubs are back out at Bunker Hills.

On Thursday, Bunker Hills welcomed members of the Coon Rapids High School golf team for practice. It migh...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Mary T. Inc. Turns 40

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Mary Tjosvold never intended on creating a corporation providing care for seniors, she was just picking up where her grandmother left off.

"When my mother and aunt inherited her property here in ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

Girl Scout Donates Toys, Bubbles to Mercy Hospital

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A local girl scout teamed up with a local hospital to earn her silver award.

Last Friday night, Iva Hammitt donated more than 150 toys and more than 150 bubbles to the pediatric unit at Mercy Hospital. ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Graduation Rate Rises at Coon Rapids High School

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A higher percentage of students in Coon Rapids are leaving high school with diplomas.

New data released by the Minnesota Department of Education also shows increases in graduation rates throughout District...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Educators, Students Discuss Student Loan Debt Crisis

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Civic Center played host to a roundtable discussion on student loan debt this week.

The roundtable called "Degrees Not Debt" featured around 75 teachers who talked about how th...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Abeler Takes Oath of Office for Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota's newest state senator took the oath of office this week.

On Monday, Jim Abeler was sworn-in during a special ceremony in St. Paul. Earlier this month, the former state representative beat out...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Precinct Caucuses Taking Place March 1st

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The political process for the 2016 election kicks off next week here in Minnesota.

Precinct caucuses will be held on Tuesday, March 1st at 7 p.m. Republicans and DFLers will meet at area middle and hig...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Two More Housing Projects Proposed for Port Riverwalk

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Two more housing projects are being proposed for Port Riverwalk.

The proposals were pitched during a City Council work session this week. Beard Group wants to construct a 160 unit apartment project with two buildings. Centra H...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Progress Being Made on Springbrook Nature Center Improvements

Written by Steve Antus

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Construction is moving forward on the expansion project at the Springbrook Nature Center.

This week marked the 20th week of construction and the mild weather is helping out.

"It was a good pour, and...Read on...

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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Anoka County 4-H Holding Prom Dress Sale

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANDOVER, Minn. -- The Anoka County 4-H program is getting you glammed up for a good cause.

The 4-H Youth Energizing System (Y.E.S.) is holding its annual prom dress sale, and they're giving us a sneak peek.

"Wow, y...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Two Apartment Projects Proposed in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Two new apartment projects are being proposed in Coon Rapids: one on Coon Rapids Boulevard and the other near the Northstar Commuter Rail station.

The apartment project in Port Riverwalk, which was pitc...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Contract Awarded for Park Redevelopment Projects

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city is moving forward with plans for four park redevelopment projects this summer.

On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the main contract for the work to Custom Builders Incorporated for near...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Fridley Hosting Open House for NLX Rail Project

Written by Steve Ericson

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- An open house is coming up for the proposed Northern Lights Express Project.

It will take place Wednesday, February 24th from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fridley Community Center. Residents can learn more about the...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Compassion Action Network Explores Community Health Issues

Written by Jordann Rylance

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- Healthcare is changing. More money is spent on surgeries and treatments than ever before.

Craig Malm wants to change that by focusing on proactive healthcare here in Anoka County.

"What we want t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Coon Rapids Heart Safe Program Getting International Attention

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids is getting some international attention thanks to a local officer and a life-saving program he continues to push.

Officer Bryan Platz helped establish Coon Rapids Heart Safe in 2013. Since ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Free Heart Screening for Youth Planned at CRHS

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A special heart health screening will be held next month at Coon Rapids High School.

It will take place on Saturday, March 5th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any student between the ages of 14 and 18 can sign u...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

New Exercise Science Degree at ARCC

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Anoka Ramsey Community College is adding a new two-year degree.

It's an associate in science degree with an emphasis on exercise science. College officials say it allows students with an interest in ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Snowflake Medallion Found in Prairie Oaks Park

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The winner of this year's Snowflake Days medallion hunt received his prize last weekend.

Brian Officer, who lives in Shoreview, found the medallion in Prairie Oaks Park after the eighth clue was posted....Read on...

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Posted on: February 19, 2016

Volunteers, Filers Return to Senior Center for Free Tax Help

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- During a stressful time of the year, hundreds in the Coon Rapids community are finding help.

The Coon Rapids Senior Center offers free tax preparation through A.A.R.P. But it’s not just those filing who...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Driver on Road to Recovery Following Hwy. 10 Crash

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A woman injured in a horrific crash on Highway 10 last week is on the road to recovery.

The four-car pileup closed a section of the highway for hours so crews could tend to the crash that ripped Hannah Smi...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Woman Sentenced in Crash that Blinded Coon Rapids Man

Written by Joe Nelson

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- A Fergus Falls woman convicted of hitting a Coon Rapids man and causing severe injuries including permanent blindness was sentenced this week.

On Wednesday, a judge ordered 44-year-old Jana Battern to ser...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Former State Senator Leo Foley Dies

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A former state senator who called Coon Rapids home has died.

Leo Foley served in the Minnesota Senate from 1997 to 2010. He was also an assistant Anoka County attorney, security director and a state ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Jim Abeler Wins State Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- An easy victory this week for a former state representative who will now serve in the State Senate.

Republican Jim Abeler received nearly three-quarters of the vote in Tuesday's special election to fill the...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

District 11 Creating Task Force to Address Facility Needs

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANOKA, Minn. -- This school year, the Anoka-Hennepin school district saw enrollment increase for the first time in more than a decade. That increase has officials re-evaluating their facility needs.

Chuck Holden, Chief Ope...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Former NHL Players Take Part in Charity Game

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Some former NHL players hit the ice in Coon Rapids last weekend for a good cause.

They took part in the third annual Minnesota NHL Alumni Hockey game versus the Coon Rapids Guns and Hoses. Some of the ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Dinner Theatre Returns to Bunker Hills

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Actors are once again taking the stage at Bunker Hills.

The award-winning musical comedy "Don't Hug Me" is being staged from February 12th through March 13th. It's a small cast but the show i...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

'Guys and Dolls' Being Staged at Anoka Ramsey Co. College

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Theater students at Anoka Ramsey Community College are bringing back an old classic to mark the school's 50th anniversary.

The musical "Guys and Dolls" is being staged this weekend and next. The show, set in the 1950s, ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 12, 2016

Musical Written by Coon Rapids Man Makes Debut in Ham Lake

Written by Joe Nelson

HAM LAKE, Minn. -- Hooks, lines and bobbers set the stage for a new musical written by a Coon Rapids man.

"Ice Fish'n Op'ner, A Bait Shop Musical" debuts this weekend at the Seasons Dinner Theater at Majestic Oaks. T...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

Hwy. 10 Crash Leaves Driver Seriously Injured

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Four cars were involved in a crash Wednesday at approximately 3:45 p.m. which forced the closure of the westbound lanes of Highway 10 for more than four hours.

Authorities believe that the driver of t...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

Girl Scout Cookies Make it to Destination Despite Crash, Snow

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The snow storm on Tuesday didn't stop a local girl scout troop from getting their cookies for the annual fundraiser but it hasn't been an easy ride.

The troop had a moving truck lined up to pick up hund...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

Special Election Tuesday for District 35 State Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Some local voters will head to the polls next Tuesday to elect a new state senator in District 35.

There are three candidates on the ballot: Republican Jim Abeler, DFLer Roger Johnson and Zachary Phelps...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

Asst. System Manager Sought for Anoka Co. Public Safety Data System

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Police Department will soon be home to a new assistant system manager for the Anoka County Public Safety Data System.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved an agreement with the ...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

New Fingerprinting Tool to Help Region Crack Cases Quicker

Written by Joe Nelson

ANDOVER, Minn. -- The county will soon have a new tool to fight crime more efficiently.

The Tri-County Regional Forensic Lab in Andover was awarded federal grant money to buy a new fuming chamber that enhances and preserves fin...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

Alexandra House Looking for Volunteers

Written by Jordann Rylance

BLAINE, Minn. -- A local shelter for victims of domestic and sexual violence is looking for volunteers.

The Alexandra House holds 50-hour volunteer training sessions twice a year in an effort to provide victims with an adv...Read on...

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Posted on: February 5, 2016

Inaugural 'Family Fun Day' at Coon Rapids Ice Center

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- All of the snow we've gotten this week could have come in handy for Snowflake Days events last weekend.

The lack of snow caused some outdoor events to be cancelled. But that didn't stop several other a...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Zika Virus Confirmed in Anoka County Woman

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA COUNTY, Minn. -- An outbreak of a virus linked to a wave of birth defects in South America has made its way to the U.S.

The World Health Organization estimates there could be three to four million Zika infections in t...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Anoka Co. Takes Part in Statewide Homeless Count

Written by Joe Nelson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Streets, shelters, parking lots, tents or a temporary stay on the couch with friends are what some call home in Anoka County.

Each year, a one-day survey is done to find out how many people are without a perma...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Contract Awarded for Railroad Overpass Design

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Work is moving forward on plans for that overpass at the double railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard.

On Tuesday, the Anoka County Board approved a service agreement for the design of the railroad overpa...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Anoka Co. Board Adopts Platform for 2016 Legislative Session

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Anoka County Board has adopted its legislative platform for the 2016 session.

Tops on the list: several transportation projects including the expansion of Highway 10 from four to six lanes through Coon Rapids. The county also wants...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Parks and Rec Department to Add Brochure Publication

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids parks and recreation department is adding something new in 2016. A park and rec brochure will be arriving in homes this spring.

The comprehensive brochure will be distributed to homes ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 29, 2016

Restaurant Knitting Club Marks Big Milestone

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A local knitting club is celebrating a big milestone.

Since 2003, the Knit Wits have been meeting and knitting once a week at the Culver's restaurant on Coon Rapids Boulevard. It's a labor of love that's...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

District 11 Hosts First of Three Substance Abuse Forums

Written by Steve Antus

CHAMPLIN, Minn. -- District 11 kicked-off the first of a three part parenting series this week. The topic: substance abuse.

Parents and guardians who turned out at Champlin Park High School Tuesday evening got a first hand ac...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Volunteers to Count Homeless Population January 28th

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Volunteers will hit the streets next week to help determine how many homeless people are living in Anoka County.

Each January, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a "point-in-ti...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Community Panel Discusses Homelessness Problem

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The subject of homelessness was the topic of discussion at the Coon Rapids City Center Thursday afternoon.

The panel discussion was put on by three local organizations: Hope 4 Youth, Family Promise of...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Anoka Middle Schoolers Win $20K, Work for More to Help Homeless

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Helping the homeless is the goal of an after-school group in Anoka.

The students recently won $20,000 in technology from Samsung after their project was named the top in Minnesota for finding ways to use scien...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

District 11 Planning to Construct New Vehicle Maintenance Facility

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- District 11 is proposing a new home for its vehicle maintenance facility which is currently located off 113th Avenue and Hanson Boulevard.

On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved a condition...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

Plans Approved for New Trail on 85th Avenue

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After years of trying to secure grant money, the city is taking a new path to get a trail completed in the southern part of the city.

On Tuesday night, the City Council accepted the plans and ordered th...Read on...

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Posted on: January 22, 2016

City Council Introduces New Ordinance Allowing Brew Pubs

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The craft brewing trend has made its way to Coon Rapids.

On Tuesday night, the City Council introduced an ordinance that regulates brew pubs, breweries, taprooms, distilleries and cocktail rooms. Rec...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Governor Earmarks $12.6M for Hanson Railroad Overpass

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Some big news for Coon Rapids in Governor Mark Dayton's $1.4 billion bonding proposal released Friday morning.

It includes $12.6 million for a grade separation at the railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

4 City Parks Getting Makeover in 2016

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- With months of winter remaining, plans are moving forward for more park improvement projects this summer.

In all, four Coon Rapids city parks will be done in 2016 as part of the park bond approved by voter...Read on...

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Posted on: January 13, 2016

Abeler Wins Republican Primary for District 35 Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Former state representative Jim Abeler is moving onto the February election for the state Senate District 35 seat.

Abeler beat out businessman Andy Aplikowski at the polls Tuesday in the Republican primary. ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Now Hiring: Judge Wanted for 10th Judicial District

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A new judge is being sought in the 10th Judicial District which includes Anoka County.

The seat was previously held by Judge Alan Pendleton who was removed from office last fall by the Minnesota Supreme Cou...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Diversity Group in Coon Rapids has New Name

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A diverse community group that's been meeting since the fall now has a name.

The Community Partners group, which meets monthly at the Emma B Howe YMCA, will be known as "Transformative Circle."...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Local Libraries Host 'Winter Storytime' for Children

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANOKA, Minn. -- Several times a week the Rum River library turns into a play place for kids and a haven for parents, as children gather for Winter Storytime.

The Anoka County Library offers story time at all of their branc...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Connexus Energy Sells Out Community Solar Garden

Written by Steve Ericson

RAMSEY, Minn. -- More than a year after it launched, Connexus Energy has sold out its 792 panel community solar garden.

Initially, Connexus was selling each panel for $900 and those who signed up would receive a monthly cred...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

NSC Opens New Indoor Golf Learning Center

Written by Steve Antus

BLAINE, Minn. -- There's a new indoor golf learning center at the National Sports Center in Blaine.

It's located inside Victory Links Clubhouse and has three main stations that will have you putting, chipping and full-swing pr...Read on...

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Posted on: January 15, 2016

Andover Cake Decorator Competing in International Contest

Written by Steve Ericson

PUERTO RICO -- A local woman is taking part in an international contest that really takes the cake.

Rebecca Jindra, representing the Andover Dairy Queen, is competing against four other finalists in the D-Q "Iron Tip&qu...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

New Olympic-Sized Pool Proposed in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The colder temps have many of us looking for more activities to do indoors. One area coach has a plan that could help train future Olympic athletes, keep adults fit and teach kids valuable safety lessons.

...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Calls For Change at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Ctr.

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The head of the state's human services department has pledged to make changes to address on-going issues at the Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center.

In a recent memo to staff members at the state-operated p...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

City Opening Skating Rinks for the Season

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- It took a while, but we are finally seeing freezing temperatures and a little snow, enough to keep kids busy outside.

This weekend’s cold snap is a welcome change for many who have been waiting to hit...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Vacant Home Moved to New Location in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A vacant home in Coon Rapids has literally been saved from the wrecking ball thanks to the efforts of Anoka County and a big set of wheels.

Last week, in the middle of the night, a home that used to sit...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Local Human Trafficking Survivor Goes to Washington

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A local woman who's a survivor of human trafficking has received a big honor from the president of the United States.

Bukola Oriola of Anoka paid a visit to Washington DC last week. She is one of 11 human tr...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Allina Bans Sugary Beverages, Fried Foods in 2016

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A local health system is getting in on those New Year's resolutions for better health.

Starting this month, Allina will no longer serve sugar-sweetened beverages and deep fried foods in its 13 hospita...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

District 11 Hosting Wellness Day on January 23rd

Written by Steve Ericson

CHAMPLIN, Minn. -- There's a local event coming up that can help you kick-start those New Year's resolutions.

In just two weeks, Jackson Middle School in Champlin will play host to the eighth annual Community Wellness Day. ...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Musical Comedy Show Coming to Bunker Hills

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Bunker Hills Event Center will be playing host to its first-ever musical starting next month.

The show is called "Don't Hug Me" and is dubbed as "Fargo" meets "The Music Man...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Drastic Drop in Price Tag for Northern Lights Express Passenger Rail

Written by Joe Nelson

DULUTH, Minn. -- It's a project that's been discussed since 2007 but its $1 billion price tag has always been a roadblock.

Now, there's new hope for the Northern Lights Express passenger rail project thanks to some changes ann...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Slate Set for Special Election in State Senate District 35

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Filings have closed for the special election in State Senate District 35 and there will be a special primary election next month.

Two Republicans have filed: Jim Abeler and Andy Aplikowski. Both men will ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Coon Rapids Couple Makes Big Donation to 'Toys for Joy'

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANOKA, Minn. -- It's a tradition that's been putting smiles on people’s faces here in Anoka County since 1986.

Mike Hunstad, Toys for Joy organizer says, "The God bless yous, the thank you so much, the merry Christmas...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Retired K9 Officer Donates Dog to Coon Rapids Police Dept.

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Police Department has a new K9 in training.

On Tuesday night, Ike officially became a member of the police department when the City Council accepted the donation from former K9 office...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Coon Rapids Police Officer Picks Up Customer's Restaurant Bill

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A late night police call to a Coon Rapids restaurant earlier this month took an unexpected turn for a customer and the responding officer.

On December 9th, Coon Rapids police officer Josh Perkola responde...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Coon Rapids Considering Allowing Brewpubs in Town

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids could see its first brewery and taproom in the coming months.

On Thursday night, the Planning Commission discussed a proposed zoning text amendment to establish regulations where brewpubs,...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Bid Awarded for Northdale Blvd. Intersection Improvement Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The contract has been awarded for an intersection improvement project on Northdale Boulevard near Sand Creek Park.

This week, the City Council awarded the contract to Valley Paving in the amount of $905...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

Grant Sought for Safety Improvements Near CRHS

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A push is underway to secure federal grant money to make safety improvements for both motorists and pedestrians near Coon Rapids High School.

On Tuesday night, the City Council passed a resolution suppo...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

CRHS Picks New Head Football Coach

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids High School football team has a new head coach.

This week, the school announced that Greg Malling accepted the position following the resignation of Jon Young this fall. Malling, who'...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

CTN Government Channel Now in HD

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Our switch to high definition programming at CTN continues.

On Thursday, Comcast started broadcasting our government programming in HD. You can find it on Channel 799. Our community programming airs...Read on...

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Posted on: December 18, 2015

New Interpretive Center Taking Shape at Springbrook

Written by Steve Antus

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- After 10 weeks of construction, the new addition is taking shape at the Springbrook Nature Center.

There will be plenty of bird-safe glass, along the radius of the new building for the interpretive center. A...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

3 File for Open Senate Seat in District 35

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Filings continue for the District 35 state senate seat which will have a special election in February.

So far, three candidates have filed: Jim Abeler and Andy Aplikowski, who are both Republicans. Roger Jo...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

District 11 Budget Deficit Shrinks

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- District 11 has cancelled public hearings planned on budget cuts thanks to better than expected enrollment and more funding from the state.

In recent months, school officials had been projecting a $4 millio...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Blood Donations Needed During Holiday Season

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The holiday season brings a great need for something we all have: blood.

Blood donation is even more important during the winter months when severe weather and seasonal illnesses strike.

The winter...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

Standing Desks Keeping Students on Their Toes at Andover HS

Written by Joe Nelson

ANDOVER, Minn. -- A handful of students in District 11 are learning from a new perspective: on their feet.

Andover High School is the first in Anoka-Hennepin to offer stand-up desks in hopes of healthier, more attentive learner...Read on...

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Posted on: December 11, 2015

CRHS Bowling Team Places 7th in State Tournament

Written by Steve Ericson

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids High School bowling team made it to the state tournament last weekend for the first time in school history.

Two dozen teams from all over the state competed in the tournament. A...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Construction Underway on New Senior Apt. Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new project on Coon Rapids Boulevard is answering the need for additional senior housing in the community.

Work is now officially underway on the River North Apartments near the Coon Rapids Ice Center...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Coon Rapids Continues Push for Railroad Overpass on Hanson Blvd.

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. - This week, Minnesota Management & Budget released the state’s economic forecast for the 2016-2017 biennium showing a $1.871 billion dollar surplus.

Some of that surplus could go to fund transportation p...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Filings Open December 8th for Vacant State Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A special election will be held in February for the state senate District 35 seat which is now vacant due to the resignation of Republican Branden Petersen this fall.

Filings for the District 35 seat open Tue...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

City Council Approves 2016 Budget and Tax Levy

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Your property tax bill for next year will likely be lower than the preliminary estimate you received in the mail in November.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved the 2016 budget and tax levy....Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Coon Rapids Diversity Group Holds 4th Meeting

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new community group is aiming to build bridges with its diverse makeup.

The working name of the group - Coon Rapids Community Partners - met this week for the fourth time in its new location at the Emm...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Summit Held to Discuss Youth Intervention Programs

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- Law enforcement, elected officials and others are teaming up to help local youth become law-abiding and contributing members of the community.

Dozens of people turned out Friday afternoon in Brooklyn Park for the "At Risk t...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Anoka Co. Judge Reprimanded for Facebook Posts

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- An Anoka County judge has been reprimanded for making comments about cases on his Facebook page that could be seen publicly.

Judge Edward Bearse, who's 73-years-old, received the public reprimand from the M...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Anoka Co. Sheriff K-9 Dies Following Illness

Written by Steve Ericson

ANDOVER, Minn. -- Some sad news to pass along from the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.

Longtime K-9 "Major" died right before Thanksgiving from an illness.

Major came to Anoka County in 2009 with his handler ...Read on...

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Posted on: December 4, 2015

Billboards Promote CRHS Biomedical Program

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids High School hopes to grow a program that's helping students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical field.

You may have noticed billboards promoting the program popping up along ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

City Approves CenturyLink Cable TV Franchise

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Comcast will soon have competition when it comes to providing cable television service in Coon Rapids.

On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded a new cable TV franchise to CenturyLink. The company wi...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

Construction Worker Buried Following Trench Collapse

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A scary scene this week in the western part of the city where a new home was being built.

A construction worker found himself trapped in a pile of dirt after a trench collapse.

The incident happened ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

Firefighters Burn Old Buildings During Training Exercise

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Another test this past week for Coon Rapids firefighters. They burned down three vacant buildings last Saturday.

The buildings, which once housed apartments, are located on East River Road, just east o...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

Name Change Considered for Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Jordann Rylance

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park attracts over 350,000 guests each year, but leaders on the west side of the Mississippi are ready to redevelop.

Kelly Grissman, Director of Planning, Three Rivers P...Read on...

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Posted on: November 20, 2015

CRHS Bowling Team Rolls into State Tournament

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids High School sports team is on its way to the state tournament, but it doesn’t compete on a court or a field.

The Cardinals bowling squad recently won its conference and is hoping to strike go...Read on...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Community Rally Held for Restaurant Attack Victim

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Asma Jama was enjoying a night out to dinner with family late last month when she was attacked by another patron at a Coon Rapids restaurant.

The alleged reason: she was speaking a language other than E...Read on...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Thousands of Rape Kits Untested in Minnesota

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Thousands of rape kits have gone untested in Minnesota including hundreds here in Anoka County.

According to data released Thursday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a total of 3,482 sexual...Read on...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

Security Improvements Underway at Anoka Co. Courthouse

Written by Jordann Rylance

ANOKA, Minn. -- Construction started Monday on an $8.5 million improvement project at the Anoka County Courthouse.

The goal of the project is to provide additional security for courthouse staff and inmates.

Safety conce...Read on...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

New Incentive to Help Homeless Vets in Minn.

Written by Steve Ericson

MINNEAPOLIS -- A new incentive was announced this week for landlords willing to give homeless veterans a second chance.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs says landlords who rent to veterans currently listed on t...Read on...

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Posted on: November 13, 2015

CRMS Students Carve Pens for Troops

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Veterans Day was recognized Wednesday but Coon Rapids Middle School students are thinking of future veterans.

Members of a wood-working after school group meet each week and take part in a project to suppo...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

New Home for Anoka-Hennepin Technical High School

Written by Steve Antus

ANOKA, Minn. -- Students who fail to graduate high school, on-time, often struggle to earn their diploma - if ever.

What they usually need is a second chance and that's where the Anoka-Hennepin Technical High School comes in...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

3 Incumbents Returning to Anoka-Hennepin School Board

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- All three incumbents up for re-election are returning to the Anoka-Hennepin School Board.

Both District One representative Tom Heidemann of Anoka and District Two representative Marci Anderson of Blaine ran ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Results from District 11 Community Survey Released

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A new survey shows more people think the quality of education in District 11 is improving but there's still work to be done.

The residential study conducted by The Morris Leatherman Company showed 91% of resp...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Volunteers Help Veterans, Seniors Get to Medical Appointments

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Veterans Day is a chance for us to say thank you to the men and women who have served in the military.

But a select group of volunteers are offering their appreciation every week by getting behind the whe...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

City Introduces Ordinance for New Cable Franchise

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- CenturyLink is moving forward with plans to add cable television service in Coon Rapids.

On Wednesday night, the City Council introduced an ordinance for CenturyLink's cable television franchise and o...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

State Funding Continues for Full-Time DWI Officer

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids full-time DWI officer will help keep our streets safe through at least 2016.

This week, the City Council accepted the nearly $140,000 grant from the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety for ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Portion of Airport Improvement Project Finished

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- The first phase of a project to improve safety at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine is now complete.

Crews recently wrapped up work on improvements to the airfield's guidance signs along the runways and tax...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Ribbon Cut on New Restaurant in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The newest dining experience in the north metro celebrated its grand opening this week.

On Wednesday, the Metro North Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon on the new Kendall's Tavern and Chophouse ...Read on...

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Posted on: November 6, 2015

Taproom Opens in Downtown Anoka

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The newest taproom in the area opens this weekend in Downtown Anoka.

Two Coon Rapids natives converted a former wine making shop and holistic healing center into a new craft brewery.

10K Brewing will h...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Hundreds Gather in Coon Rapids to Support Law Enforcement

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Many in the community saw flashing lights and badges but it wasn't on the shoulder of the road or during an emergency.

Hundreds gathered at the Coon Rapids American Legion last Friday night to show appreci...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Blaine Man Killed While Walking on Hwy. 610

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Authorities have identified the man killed over the weekend while walking down a highway in Coon Rapids.

22-year-old Djemal Selman died October 25th after being struck by a car on Highway 610 near East...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

3 School Board Seats on Election Ballot

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- A pretty quiet election locally next week. Just three School Board seats are on the ballot and only one of those races is contested.

In District One, which includes Anoka and portions of Ramsey, Coon Rapids ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Slight Increase in Enrollment in District 11

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The fall enrollment report is out and the number of students in District 11 has increased.

As of October 1st, the Anoka-Hennepin School District had 36,556 students in grades K through 12. That's 78 more stu...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

School Board Approves New Teacher Contract

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- District 11 teachers officially have a new two year contract.

On Monday night, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board signed off on the new agreement reached between the negotiating teams in early September.

Th...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Comcast Offers Low-Cost Internet Service for Eligible Families

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- You've probably heard of the Digital Divide. It refers to the difference between people who have easy access to the Internet and those who do not.

For the past five years, Comcast Corporation has been ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Anoka County Accepts Health Funding from State

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Anoka County is once again accepting grant money from the Minnesota Department of Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program otherwise known as SHIP.

This week, the County Board authorized staff to accept ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Cooking Class Helps Those with Mental Illness

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- County attorney Tony Palumbo showed off his culinary skills in the kitchen at Faith Lutheran Church Thursday afternoon.

He, along with county commissioner Julie Braastad, cooked with those struggling w...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Commercial Real Estate Summit Held in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city and county are partnering to try to bring more businesses to the area.

On Tuesday, the first-ever "Up River Commercial Real Estate Summit" was held at the Bunker Hills Event Center. ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

ARCC Students Staging Fall Production

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Theater students at Anoka Ramsey Community College are taking the stage for their fall production.

Students are staging the murder mystery "The Hollow" by famed author Agatha Christie. An unha...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

New Restaurant Opening at Bunker Hills Clubhouse

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A new destination restaurant is set to open in Coon Rapids.

Kendall's Tavern and Chophouse will open next week at the Bunker Hills Clubhouse. Kendall's is managed by Morrissey Hospitality Companies of ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

District 11 Using Debt Collector for Overdue Meal Accounts

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Pay up or face a debt collector. That's the message from District 11 to families who owe money for their child's school meals.

In the past two years, the district's child nutrition program has seen it's debt ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

Fire Damages Coon Rapids Home

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A lawnmower may have sparked a fire that damaged a Coon Rapids home last weekend.

The fire broke out just after two last Saturday at this home in the 3600 block of 114th Lane. By the time fire crews ar...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

Anoka County Offering Free Flu Shot Clinic

Written by Steve Ericson

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- The flu season is underway and that has many people thinking about those annual flu shots.

On October 27th, Anoka County is holding a free flu vaccination clinic for children from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fridle...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

Store To Door Program Receiving Grant Money

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Some good news for a food delivery program that serves local seniors.

The Store to Door program in the seven county metro area is receiving $40,000 from the state to keep the service going next year.

...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

New Rain Gardens Fighting Pollution in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Work continued this week in an attempt to fight pollution in Coon Rapids.

Rain gardens were installed at 38 homes to collect storm water to keep chemicals out of area creeks.

Every October, Carol Ras...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

City Facilities Applying for Organics Recycling Grants

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids is hoping to boost organics recycling at two city-run facilities.

Earlier this month, the City Council authorized staff to apply for two grants totaling around $10,000 each. One of the gran...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

Archery Deer Hunts Underway in Anoka County

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Archery deer hunts begin this weekend at three regional parks in Anoka County.

Here in Coon Rapids, 42 permits have been issued for hunts in designated areas of Bunker Hills Regional Park and 36 permit...Read on...

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Posted on: October 23, 2015

Halloween Fun Underway in Anoka

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Halloween Capital of the World is scaring up some fun in anticipation of the big day which falls on the weekend this year.

There's plenty of events going on in Anoka in the days ahead. On October 24th, a...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

City Moving Closer to Allowing Backyard Chickens

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Progress from a work session this week could mean more feathers and feed in Coon Rapids next year.

On Tuesday night, the city council discussed the possibility of allowing chickens in the backyards of hom...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

Anoka County Judge Removed from Office

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- An Anoka County judge suspended for living outside his district no longer has a job.

On Wednesday, the Minnesota Supreme Court ordered judge Alan Pendleton removed from office for living outside of his dist...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

District 11 Teachers Approve New 2 Year Contract

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin School District have overwhelmingly approved a new two year contract.

Nearly 91% of union members said yes to the new contract while nine percent voted no.

Members of Anoka...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

Police Appreciation Event Planned in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A woman who grew up in Coon Rapids is trying to raise support for law enforcement by holding an appreciation event next weekend.

The event will take place at the Coon Rapids American Legion on Friday, O...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

Sand Creek Park Undergoes Major Transformation

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- If you haven't driven past Sand Creek Park in a while, you're in for a surprise.

The redevelopment of Sand Creek Park, which started earlier this year, is nearing completion. Aside from the playground ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 16, 2015

Fire Stations Host Open House Events

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn.-- Hundreds of people took a trip to the fire station last weekend and got some important safety lessons in the process.

As part of the annual open house, Connexus Energy put on an electrical safety demonst...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

City Council Approves Transitional Housing Project

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids City Council voted unanimously this week to allow Hope 4 Youth to construct transitional housing on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

It's the first of its kind in the area, with plans to house 12 hom...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

Coon Rapids Home Destroyed by Fire

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Fire investigators are still trying to determine what caused a house to go up in flames late last week.

The fire broke out the afternoon of October 2nd at a home off 108th and Hanson Boulevard. A passer...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

Heroin Antidote Now Available at CVS Pharmacy

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A heroin antidote that can save lives is now being sold over the counter at a national retail chain.

CVS recently announced it is expanding the over the counter sale of narcan to 12 more states includin...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

Interpretive Center Undergoing Transformation at Springbrook

Written by Steve Antus

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- A major renovation project is underway at the Springbrook Nature Center in Fridley.

Last month the Fridley City Council awarded the contracts for the expansion of the Springbrook Nature Center. On Wednesday, ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

Celebration Marks Completion of Dam Rehabilitation Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Three Rivers Park District celebrated a milestone of its own last weekend.

On Saturday, local dignitaries helped cut the ribbon marking the completion of the Coon Rapids Dam rehabilitation project. ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 9, 2015

Coon Rapids K-9 Places 2nd in State Competition

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Goodrich Field in Anoka played host to the first-ever Minnesota Police K-9 competition last weekend.

A total of 30 dogs and their partners from all over the state ran through an obstacle course complete...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

District 11 Widens Search, Boosts Pay for Substitute Teachers

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- In recent years, the Anoka-Hennepin School District has had trouble finding enough substitute teachers to go around. But District 11 administrators are hoping some recent changes will help increase the pool of qual...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

Walk Raises More Than $50,000 for Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts

Written by Steve Ericson

ANDOVER, Minn. -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to remember the victims of abuse and raise awareness about the issue in the community.

Last Saturday, more than 500 people turned out at Bunker Hills Reg...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

MnPASS Lanes Proposed for 35W in North Metro

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Some good news for commuters who use I-35W in the north metro.

MnDOT may add two MnPASS lanes in the year 2019. One would be constructed in each direction of I-35W between Highway 36 in Roseville and Lexing...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

Anoka Tech Gets New Machine for Trades Program

Written by Steve Antus

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Anoka Technical College Foundation celebrated the final funding for a new multi-axis Swiss machine to the college's machine trades program this week.

The money for the machine was raised by a number of mac...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

Columbia Arena in Fridley Torn Down

Written by Steve Ericson

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- A landmark of sorts in Fridley is no longer standing.

Last week, crews begin tearing down the former Columbia Arena on University Avenue. The rink served local youth hockey players for more than 20 years. ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

Connexus Energy Names New CEO

Written by Steve Ericson

RAMSEY, Minn. -- Connexus Energy has a new CEO.

Greg Ridderbusch took over the role on Thursday following the retirement of Mike Rajala who worked for the company for 35 years.

The Connexus Energy Board appointed Ridder...Read on...

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Posted on: October 2, 2015

Anoka Hosting Police K-9 Competition

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- You don't have to travel far to check out the 2015 Minnesota Police K-9 Competition.

This year's event will take place Sunday, October 4 from 1-6 p.m. at Goodrich Field in Anoka. Officer Mark McDonough and hi...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

More Improvements Underway at Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department has started two new improvement projects at the Coon Rapids Dam.

The work follows on the heels of a major rehabilitation project involving the dam itself...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Celebration Planned to Mark Completion of Dam Rehabilitation

Written by Steve Ericson

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. -- The Three Rivers Park District will celebrate the completion of the Coon Rapids Dam rehabilitation project next month.

A party of sorts will take place Saturday, October 3rd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. o...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Coon Rapids Man Who Drowned Honored for Heroic Actions

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids man who died while trying to save his nephew is being honored for his bravery.

21-year-old Tou Hu Vang is one of 22 people being awarded with a Carnegie Medal for heroism.

Vang died ba...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Sen. Branden Petersen Resigning State Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A local state senator who's already announced he's not seeking re-election next year plans to resign his seat next month.

In an interview with the Pioneer Press this week, republican Senator Branden Peter...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Anoka County Board Sets Preliminary 2016 Tax Levy

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Anoka County Board of Commissioners has set the preliminary property tax levy for 2016 at $122.38 million. That's a 2.49% increase from this year's tax levy.

Last year, the levy increased less than one p...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Anoka County Adding 11 New Child Protection Workers

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- New state legislation is providing $26 million to Minnesota counties to add child protection workers.

Anoka County is set to receive $1.2 million dollars to add 11 new full-time staff members. The county is in t...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Alexis Houle Crowned New Miss Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's a new Miss Coon Rapids reigning over the city following the annual pageant at Coon Rapids High School last weekend.

Alexis Houle took home the crown last Saturday night. She was one of 11 young ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Girl Scouts Paint Mural at Riverwind Community Center

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A room inside the Riverwind Community Center is coming to life thanks to a project involving a local girl scout troop.

Members of troop 14544 have been working in recent weeks to paint a mural on a wall...Read on...

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Posted on: September 25, 2015

Big Hockey Tournament This Weekend at Schwan Super Rink

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- A new hockey season is once again upon us and that has the National Sports Center gearing up for some busy months ahead.

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