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Posted on: September 23, 2016

119th Ave. Closed at Double Railroad tracks

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Notice to drivers: 119th Avenue will be CLOSED at the double railroad tracks (near Northdale Boulevard) on Monday, September 26 starting at 7 a.m. for railroad repair work. BNSF expects the work to be complete by 6 p.m. the same day. The crossing will reo...Read more...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

2016 Photo Contest Winners

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Congratulations Winners!
Members of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission would like to congratulate the winners of the 2016 Arts Commission Photo Contest. The contest took place from June 1 - September 16, 2016 and the theme for this year was "Architect...Read more...

See the Winning Photos Here
Posted on: September 8, 2016

Open House Event to Learn About Proposed Development Near the Riverdale Transit Station

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Learn about design plans and proposed development for a new residential community by the Riverdale Transit Station along Northdale Boulevard in Coon Rapids.

Residents are invited to an Open House Event to see plans, learn about the proposed project and...Read more...

Read About the Proposed Plans and See a Site Plan
Posted on: September 9, 2016

2017 Proposed City Budget

The City Council has discussed the preliminary budget for 2017 at the September 6 City Council meeting. Final approval of the budget and levy will take place after a public meeting held in December. Property owners will receive a notice of the hearing and...Read more...

View the entire proposed budget here
Posted on: September 7, 2016

Crime Rates in Coon Rapids - 2015 Data

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According to data from the 2015 Uniform Crime Report, crime statistics in the city went up in a few areas as compared to 2014, but is lower overall than historical averages. Specifically, larceny (theft), robbery and aggravated assault showed an increase ...Read more...

Posted on: September 4, 2016

Parking Restrictions Near Mercy Hospital Due to Nurses Strike

Beginning Labor Day (Monday, September 5) at 6:30 a.m., temporary parking restrictions will be in effect near Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids due to the nurses strike set to begin at 7 a.m.

Temporary “No Parking” signs have been placed in several areas a...Read more...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

The PulsePoint Respond App

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The city of Coon Rapids has been selected as one of two communities in the state to participate in a pilot program for the Pulse Point AED app.
Coon Rapids was selected based on the community involvement and success of the Heart Safe Coon Rapids program...Read more...

Download the App Here
Posted on: August 23, 2016

Share Your Opinions in a Community Survey

Citizen Survey

You could be one of 1500 households randomly chosen to participate in The National Citizen Survey, set to arrive in homes around September 16.

The National Citizen Survey has been developed through a partnership with the National Research Center, Inc. ...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

Coon Rapids Wins National Sustainability Award

Sustainability Award

The American Public Works Association selected the City of Coon Rapids for its 2016 Sustainability Practices Award in recognition of the city’s “outstanding contribution to promote sustainability.”
Sustainability in public works means seeking a “balance...Read more...

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Now in Effect

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You can now apply to keep backyard chickens in Coon Rapids. The ordinance, approved earlier this month, took effect May 23.

But before you can build a coop and purchase chickens, you must submit a permit application, permit supplement and site plan al...Read more...

Chicken Information
Posted on: June 1, 2016

2015 Water Quality Report

Water Quality

The City of Coon Rapids is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water from January 1 to December 31, 2015.

2015 Water Quality Report
Posted on: December 21, 2015

Commission Volunteers Needed

Commission Members wanted

Participating in a city commission may be the perfect fit for you! Citizen volunteer commissions advise the City Council on a variety of issues and are an important part of the community. Attendance at a monthly meeting is required. Each position is a t...Read more...

Commission Application
Posted on: December 9, 2015

Changes to FEMA Flood Plain Maps

Over the past couple of years the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been updating their Flood Insurance Rate Maps to reflect updated flood data and modeling. The maps the City had been using were established in 1977. The maps are used to dete...Read more...

FEMA Flood Plain Information
Posted on: December 9, 2015

2016 City Budget

The 2016 Budget assumes continued levels of service with some additional enhancements. The Park Improvement Fund includes $2.6 million for continued improvements to four parks as authorized by voters in 2013. Park and trail improvements are also included ...Read more...

Additional Info...
Posted on: December 9, 2015

Coon Rapids Receives Award for Quality Drinking Water

Water quality award

This award recognizes public water systems that adjust the fluoride concentration in drinking water and achieve a monthly average fluoride level that is in the optimal range for 12 consecutive months in a calendar year. In Minnesota, 112 of the 625 flouri...Read more...

Posted on: January 20, 2016

Download the NEW City of Coon Rapids APP

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Download the City of Coon Rapids app, available for iPhone and Android devices, beginning February 1. Find news and information, event calendars, report city maintenance issues and more with this easy tool! You can also set the app to allow push notificat...Read more...

Posted on: December 21, 2015

2016 Planned Street Reconstruction

Road Construction

The City Council has approved the 2016 Street Reconstruction plan which consists of reconstructing 7.5 miles of streets as part of an aggressive street maintenance program. These streets are all on the City’s State Aid system, which means they are typical...Read more...

See Street Recon Map
Posted on: September 17, 2015

Historically Low Crime Rate

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Coon Rapids continues to see a decrease in its overall crime rate. According to data from the 2014 Uniform Crime Report, crime in Coon Rapids is at its lowest point since 1969. 2014 statistics show another four percent decline in the crime rate from 2013....Read more...

Video - Hear from the Police Chief
Posted on: September 15, 2015

Coon Rapids History Goes Hi-Tech!

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Combine interesting stories, video and a smart phone, and you have the makings of an inter-active history lesson about the city of Coon Rapids! The Coon Rapids Historical Commission recently completed a project which incorporates multi-media and QR code t...Read more...

Watch a video here
Posted on: October 24, 2015

New Rain Gardens Fighting Pollution in Coon Rapids

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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 Rasmussen fills her yard wit...Read more...

Anoka Conservation District's Website
Posted on: October 30, 2015

Comcast Offers Low-Cost Internet Service for Eligible Families

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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 working to close the gap w...Read more...

Internet Essentials Website
Posted on: July 31, 2015

Comcast Launching HD Channel for CTN Community Programming

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Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Starting August 4, you'll be able to watch some CTN programming in high definition.

On Tuesday, Comcast is adding channel 859 to its lineup, which will carry CTN community programming in HD. Those shows...Read on...

Comcast Website
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Coon Rapids Senior Center Marks 40th Anniversary

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Senior Center is celebrating a big milestone.

It was 40 years ago that the Super Senior Club formed in the basement of a church and started what is now known as the Coon Rapids Senior Center. Last year, there were ...Read on...

Watch the 40th Anniversary Video Here

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Civic Center Remodel

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The Coon Rapids Civic Center is about to undergo a complete makeover! The banquet room will be completely updated to include sound-absorbing ceiling tile, sound-proof folding walls, new wallpaper, paint, flooring and carpet. The colors are neutral tan and...Read more...

Rental Request Form
Posted on: July 21, 2015

Civic Center Backyard is Remodeled

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The Coon Rapids Civic Center has a completely remodeled backyard space, perfect for entertaining! The remodel features a new gazebo, pergola, picnic area complete with grill and new landscaping. The Coon Rapids Civic Center is the perfect place for a wedd...Read more...

Backyard space information

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...Read on...

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...Read on...

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...Read on...

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 s...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...Read on...

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 wi...Read on...

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 co...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Man Found Bleeding at Apartment Building Arrested, Charged

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The man found severely injured at the same apartment building a woman was found dead is out of the hospital and behind bars.

24-year-old Lucas Jablonski has been charged with one felony count of viol...Read on...

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 ...Read on...

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 ...Read on...

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...

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. ...Read on...

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 Union ...Read on...

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-kinderga...Read on...

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...

Weekly Construction Updates from Anoka County
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...

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.

Firefighters arrived ...Read on...

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.

32-year-old ...Read on...

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...

Posted on: August 26, 2016

Authorities ID Woman Found Dead in Apartment

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- We now know the name of the woman found dead inside her Coon Rapids apartment last week.

This week, authorities identified the victim as 34-year-old Rebecca Drewlo. Drewlo's body was found in the ea...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

Allina and its nu...Read on...

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...

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Authorities Investigate Death of Coon Rapids Woman

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Authorities are continuing to investigate after a woman was found dead and a man injured at a Coon Rapids apartment complex this week.

The 24-year-old man was discovered early Thursday morning in the...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2016

3 Men ID'd, Charged in Anoka Apartment Burglary

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Police have identified and charged three men they say burglarized an apartment unit in Anoka earlier this month.

The burglary, which happened August 7th in the 2800 block of Cutters Grove Avenue, was captured...Read on...

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...

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...

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Man Suspected in More than 50 Burglaries Arrested

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After months of investigating, police arrested a man they say is involved in stealing valuables from more than 50 homes in the metro area.

Thirty-eight-year-old Brian Hudy of Coon Rapids is charged with fi...Read on...

Posted on: August 12, 2016

Child Wanders Away from Coon Rapids Day Care Center

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- State investigators are looking into a Coon Rapids day care center after a young child wandered away and walked home this week.

The incident happened Monday morning at the New Horizon Academy on Hanson ...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ceremo...Read on...

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...

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...

Watch Video Story
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...

Watch Video Story
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...

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.
...Read on...

Watch Video Story
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?"

“Yes,” The Coon Rapids Flames Soccer players Kylie Scott, Maddy Reinhart, Bella Brenahas say. ...Read on...

Watch Video Story
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...

Posted on: July 22, 2016

3 Men Rob Coon Rapids Gas Station

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The search continues for three men who robbed a Coon Rapids gas station at knife point last weekend.

The robbery happened early Sunday morning at the Minnoco Station located at Hanson and Northdale Boul...Read on...

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...

Click to watch the candidate forum
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...

Anoka County Fair Website
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...

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...

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...

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.

The Anoka-Ramsey Community College f...Read on...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Safety Camp Information
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Info. from May Planning Commission Meeting
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...

Chicken Information
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 11, 2016

Community Survey Arriving in the Fall

You could be one of 1500 households randomly chosen to participate in The National Citizen Survey, set to be mailed out in September. The National Citizen Survey gathers resident opinion across a range of community issues and has been developed through a ...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Background Information from Council Agenda
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...

Ordinance Background Info. from Council Agenda
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Surveillance Photos Released Following Two Armed Robberies

Robbery Surveillance Photo

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Police hope surveillance photos lead to the arrest of a man believed responsible for two armed robberies in Coon Rapids.

The latest incident happened just after 10 p.m. Monday at the Marathon Gas Stat...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...

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...

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

Armed Robbery at Coon Rapids Gas Station

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Police continue to search for the man who robbed a Coon Rapids gas station late last week.

The holdup happened just before 10 p.m. on March 25th at Go for it Gas at 8724 East River Road. Authorities...Read on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Connexus Energy Candidate Forum
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Northern Lights Express Website
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...

Play for Patrick Website
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...

Anoka Ramsey Community College Website
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...

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...

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...

Leo Foley Obit in Star Tribune
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...

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...

City Council Agenda Info.
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...

Zika Virus Information
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...

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...

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

Robbery Suspect Caught in the Act at Coon Rapids Business

Written by Steve Ericson

EDITOR'S NOTE: 38-year-old Benjamin Flanders was charged Friday afternoon with one count of first-degree aggravated robbery and one count of kidnapping in connection with this incident. According to the criminal complaint, Flander...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...

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...

Information from Planning Commission Agenda
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...

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...

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...

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 15, 2016

Wanted Felon Arrested, Charged Following Chase

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A man wanted in connection with a New Years Eve assault in Coon Rapids is behind bars following a police chase this week.

On Wednesday, 27-year-old Daniel Garcia of Ramsey was charged with fleeing polic...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...

Senate District 35 Special Election Information
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...

Judicial Appointment Information
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...

Transformative Circle Facebook Page
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...

SolarWise Program Information
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.

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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...

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...

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...

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

Two Charged for Stealing Mail from Dozens of Homes

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- An Elk River man and a Blaine woman are facing felony mail theft charges after allegedly stealing mail from dozens of homes over the weekend.

It was early Sunday morning when residents looked outside ...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...

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...

Related: Bowling Team Rolls into State Tournament
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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

Coon Rapids Police Solve Four Robberies, Fridley Man Charged

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Not one but two armed robbery suspects in custody after a string of crimes in the area.

Five businesses were robbed in Coon Rapids and Blaine between late August and the end of September. But thanks to...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...

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...

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...

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...

K-9 Competition Information
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...

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...

Carnegie Hero Awards Website
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...

Branden Petersen's State Senate Bio
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...

Anoka County Website
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.

On Wednesday, the Schwan Super Rink began hosting one of its largest tournaments of th...Read on...

NAHL Hockey Tournament Website
Posted on: September 18, 2015

Youth Transitional Housing Proposal Under Consideration

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A transitional housing facility may be coming to Coon Rapids next year.

On Thursday night, the Coon Rapids Planning Commission recommended approval of "Use Flexibility" for a transitional housin...Read on...

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Posted on: September 18, 2015

Foley Blvd. Reconstruction Project Moving Forward

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- After months of discussions between the city, county and local business owners, plans to improve a major roadway in Coon Rapids are moving forward.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved a joint po...Read on...

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Posted on: September 18, 2015

City Council Adopts Preliminary Tax Levy for 2016

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Most homeowners in Coon Rapids won't see much of a change in the city portion of their property tax bill next year.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved the preliminary tax levy for 2016 at $24,9...Read on...

City Council Agenda Info.
Posted on: September 18, 2015

Jim Abeler Announces Run for State Senate Seat

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Former state representative Jim Abeler is planning another run for office.

On Wednesday, the 61-year-old republican from Anoka announced his intentions to run for the District 35 state senate seat currently ...Read on...

Jim Abeler Campaign Website
Posted on: September 18, 2015

Students Mark Homecoming Week at CRHS

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- It's homecoming week at Coon Rapids High School and that meant several special events including the crowning of a new king and queen.

On Tuesday morning, senior Sara Duffy was crowned homecoming queen d...Read on...

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Posted on: September 18, 2015

Pet Fair Draws a Crowd to Riverview Park

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The first-ever "Love My Pet Fair" in Coon Rapids turned out to be a big success.

Dozens of pets and people attended the pet fair last Saturday at Riverview Park. In addition to resources and v...Read on...

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Posted on: September 18, 2015

CTN Wins 2 More National Awards

Written by Steve Ericson

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Coverage of a Coon Rapids High School cardinal football game from 2014 has scored CTN another national award.

Last Friday night, our station received the first place award in the "Live Sports Event...Read on...

NATOA Website
Posted on: September 11, 2015

Community Meetings on Diversity Underway in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- People from all different backgrounds gathered at the Coon Rapids City Center Thursday night to talk about diversity.

It's the first in a series of meetings planned to address the needs of various ethni...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2015

Teachers Reach Tentative Contract with District 11

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- For only the second time in history, teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin School District have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract before the start of the new school year.

The teachers union, Anok...Read on...

Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota Website
Posted on: September 11, 2015

New Adams Elementary Teacher Returns to Her Roots

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Kids in District 11 returned to school this week but they were not the only ones coming back to a familiar place.

Teachers got a fresh start on a new year, and for one at Adams Elementary, a new job is br...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2015

Coon Rapids Man Dies in Boating Accident

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- We now know the name of a man killed in a boating accident on the Mississippi River last week.

72-year-old Lorne Lindberg of Coon Rapids was pronounced dead September 3rd at the scene of the accident n...Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Busy Intersection Flooded After Car Strikes Fire Hydrant

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A car crashed into a fire hydrant Thursday afternoon, flooding a busy intersection.

The crash happened at the intersection of Coon Rapids and Mississippi Boulevards near Anoka Ramsey Community College....Read on...

Posted on: September 11, 2015

Anoka Ramsey Community College Marking 50th Anniversary

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Anoka Ramsey Community College is celebrating a golden milestone.

It was 50 years ago that the college started educating students.

To celebrate, Anoka Ramsey is hosting a 50th anniversary celebrati...Read on...

Anoka Ramsey Community College Website
Posted on: September 11, 2015

Black Bear Wanders Through Coon Rapids Neighborhood

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- An unusual sight in one Coon Rapids neighborhood caused a bit of a scare late last week.

On the evening of September 4th, a black bear was spotted in a tree off Xavis Street near Coon Rapids High School...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2015

Bat Houses Constructed for Girl Scout Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Two local teens are using bats to aim for one of the highest honors in girl scouts and we're not talking about the kind used in baseball.

Nadia Comstock and Ann Lorge, both freshmen at Coon Rapids High ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 11, 2015

Dozens Attend 16th Annual Senior Safety Camp

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Local seniors got several lessons this week at the 16th annual Senior Safety Camp.

On Wednesday, dozens of seniors listened to chief John Piper talk about the types of calls the Coon Rapids Fire Departmen...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Improvements Planned at Springbrook Nature Center

Written by Steve Antus

FRIDLEY, Minn. -- An expansion of the interpretive building at the Springbrook Nature Center will break ground next month.

The city of Fridley plans to award the bid for the project later this month. It's just one of the ma...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Sen. Franken Discusses Railroad Safety with Local Officials

Written by Steve Ericson

MINNEAPOLIS -- Safety concerns continue over a dramatic rise in the number of oil tanker cars passing through Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Wednesday, U.S. senators Al Franken and Tammy Baldwin joined a round table discussion ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Series of Diversity Meetings Planned in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A series of community meetings will get underway next week to discuss the growing diversity in the city.

The first meeting will take place Thursday, September 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Civic Center. Th...Read on...

Posted on: September 4, 2015

District 11 Preparing for Preschool Students This Fall

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Classes resume in the Anoka-Hennepin School District on Tuesday but it will be another week before school readiness programs begin.

Teachers are still working to get all the classrooms ready for student...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Music Therapy Helps to Heal Coon Rapids Hospice Patient

Written by Joe Nelson

ANDOVER, Minn. -- A Coon Rapids man nearing the end of his life is finding peace and joy during a difficult time.

Music therapy sessions are offering Leland Tate a chance to express himself and a distraction from the pain.

F...Read on...

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Posted on: September 4, 2015

Volunteers Needed for Several City Advisory Commissions

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city is looking for volunteers to serve on various advisory commissions.

Currently, there's openings on the Planning, Arts and Sustainability Commissions. An application form can be found on the cit...Read on...

Advisory Commission Information
Posted on: August 28, 2015

District 11 Staff Members Receive Mental Health Training

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. – Anoka-Hennepin students haven't returned to class yet but District 11 faculty members are already hitting the books.

What they’re learning isn’t part of any lesson plan, but it could help make schools safer.

W...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Coon Rapids Police Explorers Program Looking for New Members

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Police Department is looking for young people who want to explore law enforcement as a possible career.

The police explorers program meets weekly during the school year. The explorers tr...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

2 New Vendors at Coon Rapids Farmers Market

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Two more vendors have been added to the Coon Rapids Farmers Market since it opened for business last month at the ice center.

There are now eleven sellers of fresh produce and other products, which are lo...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Discussions Continue on Foley Blvd. Reconstruction Project

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Concerns about impacts to local businesses have forced the City Council to delay action on a joint powers agreement with Anoka County for a major reconstruction project.

Next year, Foley Boulevard is sc...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 28, 2015

Planning Underway for 2016 Street Reconstruction

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A major state aid street reconstruction program is planned for 2016.

On August 18, the City Council ordered preparation of feasibility reports and plans for the reconstruction of more than 10 miles of ...Read on...

August 18 City Council Agenda
Posted on: August 28, 2015

Coon Rapids Youth Hockey Trains on Land

Written by Jenny You

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- ?Young hockey players in Coon Rapids are proving they’re dedicated to the sport both on and off the ice.

The Coon Rapids Ice Center is now home to a dry land hockey training facility, composed of plyometri...Read on...

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Posted on: August 28, 2015

Comcast Boosting Internet Speeds in Twin Cities

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The information super highway just got faster for Comcast customers in the Twin Cities area.

This week, the company announced it was doubling the speeds for most Xfinity internet customers at no addition...Read on...

Comcast Internet Service Information
Posted on: August 28, 2015

CTN Receives National Recognition for Local Programming

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- CTN has once again been honored nationally by the Alliance for Community Media.

Earlier this month, "Sportsnight" received the first-place award in the Entertainment & Arts professional c...Read on...

Alliance for Community Media Website
Posted on: August 21, 2015

Anoka Co. Sheriff’s Office Provides Safe Space for Exchanges

Written by Jenny You

ANDOVER, Minn. -- Whether you use Craigslist or an online garage sale, there’s now a safer place to make transactions.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office is joining a nationwide trend by creating a designated “exchange zone,” in...Read on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

4 Park Improvement Projects Planned in 2016

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The city is moving forward with plans to renovate more parks in 2016.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved concept drawings and ordered preparation of plans for the improvements.

Mason, Delt...Read on...

Additional Info. from City Council Agenda
Posted on: August 21, 2015

Crane Street Gate to be Opened Permanently

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Leave the gate open year round. That's the decision this week by the Coon Rapids City Council relating to a debate that's been going on for years in the northern part of town.

Back in 2008, Crane Street...Read on...

Additional Info. from City Council Agenda
Posted on: August 21, 2015

Grant Helps Expand Veterans Center at ARCC

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids will see an upgrade in resources when they return to the classroom this fall.

A new veterans center is being renovated thanks to an $8,900 grant.
...Read on...

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Posted on: August 21, 2015

Garrison Keillor Returning to Anoka During Final Season

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Garrison Keillor will make one of his final broadcasts of his radio career from the city where he grew up.

A live broadcast of "A Prairie Home Companion" will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 4...Read on...

Ticket Information
Posted on: August 21, 2015

Little League Team Honored for Successful Season

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League 12 year old all star team was honored this week for an incredible season.

On Tuesday night, the City Council honored the team with a proclamation declaring Tuesday, Au...Read on...

Posted on: August 21, 2015

Curling Club Designated as U.S. Olympic Training Site

BLAINE, Minn. -- It's now official. The Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine is a U.S. Olympic training site.

Local dignitaries including Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer gathered last Saturday to help celebrate the achievement.

A ...Read on...

Four Seasons Curling Club's Website
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Coon Rapids Little League Team in Midwest Region Championship Game

Written by Steve Ericson

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League 12 year old all-stars are one step closer to heading to the Little League World Series.

On Thursday, the Cardinals jumped out to a 10 run lead against a team from Rapid ...Read on...

Little League World Series Website
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Hanson Railroad Crossing Concerns Bring Lawmakers to Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A renewed push is underway to make an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks a reality.

Coon Rapids and Anoka County officials were hoping to secure funding for the Hanson Boulevard railroad over...Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Coon Rapids Senior Center Marks 40th Anniversary

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Senior Center is celebrating a big milestone.

It was 40 years ago that the Super Senior Club formed in the basement of a church and started what is now known as the Coon Rapids Senior Ce...Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Bunker Hills Hosts 5th Annual 'Tee It Up for the Troops'

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A moving tribute this week to our veterans at an annual golf event at Bunker Hills.

Dozens of people took part in the fifth annual "Tee It Up for the Troops" on August 14. The event started wi...Read on...

Tee It Up for the Troops Website
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Iconic Mini Golf Course Up for Sale

Written by Jenny You

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. -- An iconic dinosaur, snake and kangaroo could soon make their way off the greens along with local mini golfers.

Goony Golf in Spring Lake Park is up for sale.

It’s hard to miss the three 18-hole cou...Read on...

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Posted on: August 14, 2015

Incumbents Seeking Re-election to Anoka-Hennepin School Board

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- All three incumbents are seeking re-election to the Anoka-Hennepin School Board.

In District One, which includes Anoka and portions of Ramsey, Coon Rapids and Andover, chair Tom Heidemann is running unopposed...Read on...

District 11 Website
Posted on: August 14, 2015

Another Construction Project Planned at Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A parking lot and roadway reconstruction project is moving forward at the Coon Rapids Dam.

Last month, the Anoka County Board awarded the nearly $400,000 contract for the project. Plans call for reconst...Read on...

Posted on: August 14, 2015

Schwan Center Renamed 'Gradient Financial Center'

Written by Steve Ericson

BLAINE, Minn. -- The Schwan Center at the National Sports Center in Blaine has a new name.

On Thursday, the sports center announced it has partnered with the Gradient Financial Group and renamed the Schwan Center to the Gra...Read on...

Posted on: August 11, 2015

City Council Approves Plans for New SuperAmerica

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, MInn. -- The Coon Rapids City Council has given the green light for a project that will fill a vacant piece of land on Coon Rapids Boulevard.

On Tuesday night, the council approved the site plan and preliminary ...Read on...

Additional Info. from Council Agenda
Posted on: August 11, 2015

DWI Enforcement Zeros in on Drunk Drivers in Coon Rapids

Written by Jenny You

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- According to the Department of Public Safety, Anoka County ranks number two among Minnesota’s top 25 dangerous drunk driving counties.

That’s one of the reasons why the city of Coon Rapids is ramping up it...Read on...

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Posted on: August 11, 2015

Anoka Co. Program Inspires Canoe and Bike Sharing Plan Along the Mississippi

Written by Joe Nelson

RAMSEY, Minn. -- A new program could send more people paddling at the Coon Rapids Dam.

The National Parks Service is planning a canoe and bike-sharing program that would allow people to rent canoes at one section of the Missis...Read on...

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Posted on: August 11, 2015

Coon Rapids Little League Team Heads to Indianapolis

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League 12 year old all-stars are headed to Indianapolis for the regional tournament.

Community members greeted the team as players arrived at Riverview Park Friday morning...Read on...

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Posted on: August 11, 2015

Neighborhoods Join Forces on 'Night to Unite'

Written by Steve Antus

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Neighbors joined one another outside on Tuesday for Night to Unite.

More than 100 neighborhoods across Coon Rapids actively took part in block parties. Members of the Coon Rapids Police Department were c...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

Comcast Launching HD Channel for CTN Community Programming

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Starting August 4, you'll be able to watch some CTN programming in high definition.

On Tuesday, Comcast is adding channel 859 to its lineup, which will carry CTN community programming in HD. Those shows...Read on...

Comcast Website
Posted on: July 31, 2015

Mercy Hospital Opens Doors to New Mother Baby Center

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Mercy Hospital's new mother baby center officially opened its doors this week.

The $30 million facility features five triage rooms, two operating rooms and 13 labor and delivery rooms, along with a regu...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

Coon Rapids Little League Team Advances to Indy

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Congratulations are in order for the Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League 12 year old all-stars who took home the state title over the weekend.

Dozens of people turned out at Riverview Park on Monday nigh...Read on...

Posted on: July 31, 2015

Local Women Play Golf with the Pros at the 3M Championship

Written by Jenny You

BLAINE, Minn. -- While all eyes were on the pros at the 3M Championship in Blaine, the pros spent time golfing with local women from area businesses.

A total of 64 women took part in the Accenture Executive Women’s Pro-Am on Tu...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

Safety Improvements Planned at Anoka County Airport

Written by Steve Antus

BLAINE, Minn. -- The Metropolitan Airports Commission is spending $400,000 on safety improvements at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine.

The project, which gets underway in a few weeks, will make the airport more reliable.
...Read on...

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Posted on: July 31, 2015

District 11 Wins Lawsuit in Dispute Over Levy Brochures

Written by Steve Ericson

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A win in court this week for the Anoka-Hennepin School District.

On Monday, a three-judge panel at the Minnesota Appeals Court ruled that a brochure outlining three levy questions in 2011 did not amount t...Read more »

Posted on: July 31, 2015

Filings Open for 3 District 11 School Board Seats

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The filing period is underway for three Anoka-Hennepin school board seats on the ballot this fall.

District One, currently occupied by chair Tom Heidemann, includes Anoka and portions of Ramsey, Coon Rapids ...Read on...

More Information on School Board Filings
Posted on: July 31, 2015

Legal Self-Help Center Opens at Anoka Co. Courthouse

Written by Steve Antus

ANOKA, Minn. -- If you're thinking about starting or responding to a legal action but can't afford an attorney, you now have options.

The 10th Judicial District Self-Help Center recently opened for business inside the Anoka Co...Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Coon Rapids Blvd. Trail to be Reconstructed

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A popular bike and walking path along Coon Rapids Boulevard will soon be getting a make-over.

On Tuesday night, the City Council approved plans to improve the Coon Rapids Boulevard trail from Hanson Bou...Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Families Continue Summer Traditions, Start New Ones at Anoka Co. Fair

Written by Joe Nelson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Anoka County Fair opened its gates Tuesday and thousands of families have made their way to the grandstand, midway and food stands.

Anoka County Historical Society Program Director Vickie Wendel said the ar...Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

City Council Rejects Bids for Sand Creek Park Building

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The City Council has rejected bids for a new building planned at Sand Creek Park.

The building, proposed as part of the park improvement project, is supposed to include a warming house, concession area...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2015

New Scoreboard Installed at Wintercrest Park

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- There's a new addition at a local park that's sure to excite baseball players and fans alike.

Crews are working to install a new scoreboard on the east field at Wintercrest Park. Previously, only the we...Read on...

Posted on: July 24, 2015

Coon Rapids Safety Camp Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Dozens of students from Coon Rapids got some important lessons in safety this week.

More than 100 children participated in the Coon Rapids Safety Camp Tuesday and Wednesday. This year's camp was held at...Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

2 Coon Rapids Volunteers Named 'Outstanding Seniors'

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- The Anoka County Fair took time out this week to honor senior volunteers from the area.

Two volunteers from Coon Rapids were actually named "Outstanding Seniors" during a special ceremony Wednesday ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 24, 2015

Navy Veteran Swimming Mississippi River Comes Through Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A navy veteran swimming the entire length of the Mississippi River made his way through Coon Rapids last weekend.

Chris Ring arrived in the area on Saturday afternoon. He's trying to become the first Am...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: July 22, 2015

Coon Rapids Little League Team in State Tournament

Little League Team

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. --- The 12-year-old All-Star team from the Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League is in Duluth this week for the state championship.

Last weekend, they won the the District 1 championship by beating a team fro...Read on...

Click here to check out video from the send-off
Posted on: July 17, 2015

District 11 Won't Seek Levy Referendum This Fall

Written by Steve Ericson

ANOKA, Minn. -- Despite a nearly eight million dollar deficit projected in the 2016-2017 school year, District 11 won't be going to voters with a levy referendum this fall.

On Monday night, the School Board agreed with the ...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Opens in New Location

Written by Steve Ericson

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- If you're looking to get your hands on some fresh food this summer, you'll want to check out the Coon Rapids Farmers Market.

It opened for the season on Wednesday afternoon in its new location in the pa...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

USA Cup Offering Youth Soccer Players a New View of the World

Written by Joe Nelson

BLAINE, Minn. -- Thousands of kids and coaches from all over the world came to Blaine to compete in this year's Schwan's USA Cup soccer tournament.

The Schwan's USA Cup is celebrating its 31st year at the National Sports Center...Read on...

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Posted on: July 17, 2015

Girl Scouts Build 'Little Free Libraries' in Coon Rapids, Anoka

Written by Jenny You

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- All those Thin Mints and Caramel Delites bought from the Girl Scouts are making a difference in Coon Rapids and Anoka.

Local troop members are building two colorful Little Free Libraries, so that whether n...Read on...

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

Open House Event to Learn About Proposed Development Near the Riverdale Transit Station

Riverdale TOD Drawing 160525 - Massing Model - Scene 4 CROPPED.jpg

Learn about design plans and proposed development for a new residential community by the Riverdale Transit Station along Northdale Boulevard in Coon Rapids.

Residents are invited to an Open House Event to see plans, learn about the proposed project and...Read more...

Read About the Proposed Plans and See a Site Plan
Posted on: June 2, 2016

Potential Development Near Northstar Rail Station

Proposed Riverdale Apts

Plans are in the works to create a new residential development next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station on Northdale Boulevard (behind Target) on land owned by the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority. Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates proposes a fo...Read more...

View the Proposed Site Plan Here
Posted on: February 16, 2016

Potential Port Riverwalk Housing Development

Port Riverwalk

The City Council has directed City staff to begin negotiating a development proposal with The Beard Group and Centra Homes for the City-owned land on the south side of Coon Rapids Boulevard generally between Egret Boulevard and Avocet Street.

The poten...Read more...

See the Port Riverwalk Master Plan
Posted on: December 4, 2015

Construction Underway on New Senior Apt. Project

River North Groundbreaking

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...

River North Senior Apartments Website
Posted on: July 7, 2015

RMS Receives Award

Worker from RMS

RMS, located on Evergreen Boulevard in Coon Rapids, recently received a “Manufacturer of the Year” award from the Manufacturers' Alliance. Companies are selected to win the award based on their demonstration of sharing best practices with their peers to b...Read more...


Posted on: September 16, 2016

Coon Rapids Ice Center Skaters Win Big at State Competition

Skaters Win Awards

Several skaters who train at the Coon Rapids Ice Center won awards recently at the 2017 Minnesota State Figure Skating Championships, held August 26-28 at the Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury. There were 190 competitors from across the state of Minne...Read more...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

CRIC Now Home to Unique Hockey Program

CRIC sled hockey

The Coon Rapids Ice Center is now home to Minnesota Sled Hockey, a group dedicated to hockey programs for people with physical disabilities. The program started back in 2005 in Richfield. Minnesota Sled Hockey President Eric Rud says he’s excited for the ...Read more...

MN Sled Hockey Association
Posted on: September 16, 2016

Special Skating Events!

Spooky Skate at CRIC

Special skating events, including a Spooky Skate and Skating with Santa!

Spooky Skate: Sunday, October 30 - 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Featuring games, coloring contest, the “Haunted Hallway” and more fun events!

Toys for Tots Skate/Kickoff: Sunday, ...Read more...


Posted on: September 7, 2016

Crime Rates in Coon Rapids - 2015 Data

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According to data from the 2015 Uniform Crime Report, crime statistics in the city went up in a few areas as compared to 2014, but is lower overall than historical averages. Specifically, larceny (theft), robbery and aggravated assault showed an increase ...Read more...

Posted on: September 4, 2016

Parking Restrictions Near Mercy Hospital Due to Nurses Strike

Beginning Labor Day (Monday, September 5) at 6:30 a.m., temporary parking restrictions will be in effect near Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids due to the nurses strike set to begin at 7 a.m.

Temporary “No Parking” signs have been placed in several areas a...Read more...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

New Police K-9 Teams

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Two new canine teams are out on patrol for the Coon Rapids Police Department.
Officer Interna Kim and Belgian Malinois Ike, along with officer Brian Sternquist and Belgian Malinois Taz, graduated from training school in June. The canine units are assigne...Read on...

Posted on: August 18, 2016

Death Investigation by Anoka County Sheriff's Office & Coon Rapids Police

Read details about an investigation being conducted by the Anoka County Sheriff's Office and Coon Rapids Police regarding a death that occurred at an apartment complex the morning of 8-18-16.

Read Details about the Investigation Here
Posted on: May 15, 2016

Police Citizens Academy

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UPDATE 8-9-16: REGISTRATION FOR POLICE CITIZENS ACADEMY IS NOW CLOSED. CHECK BACK AGAIN IN 2018 FOR ANOTHER CHANCE TO TAKE THIS UNIQUE CLASS.

Have you ever wanted to go behind-the-scenes of the Coon Rapids Police Department? Now is your chance! Sig...Read on...

Posted on: December 15, 2015

NEW Police Department Facebook Page

Staff members will be posting information related to community crime and prevention. You may see updates about important crime-fighting information, photos of suspects or other stories and information where we feel the public needs to be informed.Read more...

Like the Facebook Page Here
Posted on: February 4, 2016

Press Release: Highway 10 Accident Update from 2-3-16

On Wednesday, February 3, at approximately 3:43 p.m., Coon Rapids Police were called to a crash scene located at Highway 10 and the Northdale Boulevard overpass (east of Round Lake Boulevard). Four cars were involved in the accident scene. One car was tor...Accident Information

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...

Posted on: December 11, 2015

Two Charged for Stealing Mail from Dozens of Homes

Written by Jordann Rylance

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- An Elk River man and a Blaine woman are facing felony mail theft charges after allegedly stealing mail from dozens of homes over the weekend.

It was early Sunday morning when residents looked outside ...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Historically Low Crime Rate

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Coon Rapids continues to see a decrease in its overall crime rate. According to data from the 2014 Uniform Crime Report, crime in Coon Rapids is at its lowest point since 1969. 2014 statistics show another four percent decline in the crime rate from 2013....Read more...

Video - Hear from the Police Chief
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...

Posted on: October 2, 2015

Coon Rapids Police Solve Four Robberies, Fridley Man Charged

53-year-old Ronald Lewis Taylor from Fridley, Minnesota was charged today in Anoka County District Court with four counts of aggravated robbery in connection with four robberies that took place in Coon Rapids and Blaine between August 30, 2015 and Septem...Read more...

Posted on: August 28, 2015

Coon Rapids Police Explorers Program Looking for New Members

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Police Department is looking for young people who want to explore law enforcement as a possible career.

The police explorers program meets weekly during the school year. The explorers train with police officers to ...Read on...

Additional Info...
Posted on: August 19, 2015

Fraud Alert - Beware of Scams, 8-19-15

The Coon Rapids Police Department has received many recent reports of fraud.
There are many different scams, which usually involve wiring money or buying gift cards and sending the numbers to someone. Never send anyone you don’t know money. Several examp...Read more...

Fraud examples and prevention
Posted on: August 11, 2015

DWI Enforcement Zeros in on Drunk Drivers in Coon Rapids

Written by Jenny You

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- According to the Department of Public Safety, Anoka County ranks number two among Minnesota’s top 25 dangerous drunk driving counties.

That’s one of the reasons why the city of Coon Rapids is ramping up it...Read on...

Posted on: August 19, 2015

K-9 Team Wins First Place

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Coon Rapids Police Department Canine Officer Mark McDonough and his Partner "Buddy" earned first place at the United States Police Canine Association’s (USPCA) Region 12 Canine Trials, held June 28-29, 2015 in Elk River, Minnesota. Region 12 enc...Read on...


Posted on: September 22, 2016

City Council Comments - September 2016

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City Council Comments - August 2016

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Posted on: September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016 City Council Meeting

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September 6, 2016 City Council Meeting

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August 16, 2016 City Council Meeting

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August 3, 2016 City Council Meeting

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July 19, 2016 City Council Meeting

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July 5, 2016 City Council Meeting