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Posted on: September 21, 2018

Apartment Project Proposed in Port Evergreen

A Saint Paul based developer is pitching a plan to construct a large apartment building in the southern part of Coon Rapids.This week, the City Council met in a work session to learn more about the project which would involve the construction of a four-st...

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Posted on: September 21, 2018

Coon Rapids Police Launch New Community Watch Team

On Greg Oltmanns’ street, his neighbors know someone is always watching.  Oltmanns remembers the day he saw a car tear through his Coon Rapids neighborhood. The black sedan blew through the stop sign on his corner of 110th Aven...

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Community News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

CRPD Applying for Federal Grant Money

The police department is seeking another grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.  The department is eligible for a grant in the amount of just over $12,000 for items that have not been budgeted.  The police department plans to purchas...

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Community News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Constitution Comes to Life at ARCC

Students in an American Government class used improv to shake up their learning this week.On Monday, the U.S. Constitution came to life for students at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.  Monday marked the 231st anniversary of the signing of the Con...

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Community News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Honoring Those Who Protect and Serve

The Law Enforcement Appreciation Event returned to Coon Rapids for the 4th year. It began in 2015 when a local law enforcement family sought out a way to show community support for police officers in the face of anti-police attitudes.“&helli...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Military Appreciation Softball Tourney Returns to Sand Creek Park

For the fourth year, a local softball tournament is raising money for Minnesota military families.From September 7th through the 9th dozens of teams were able to break fundraising records for the Military Appreciation Softball Tournament at Sand Creek Par...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

High Ranking U.S Dept. of Ed. Official Visits STEP School

Anoka-Hennepin's Secondary Technical Education Program  got a visit from a high ranking official from the U.S. Department of Education this week.On Wednesday morning, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, Doctor Mick Zais, toured the STEP School an...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Nearby Residents Opposed to Blaine Hy-Vee Store

Plans for a new Hy-Vee store in Blaine took another step forward this week but residents who live nearby have concerns about the development.On Tuesday night, the Blaine Planning Commission held a public hearing on the land rezoning, preliminary plat and ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

New Study of Hwy. 65 Corridor Planned

If you use Highway 65, you know how congested it can be.  Now, Anoka County and the City of Blaine are teaming up on a new study of the corridor stretching from County Road 10 in Spring Lake Park to Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake.  Pr...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Getting Stressed Out Students to 'Change to Chill'

High school can be a stress minefield. From sports, homework and activities... to the ever-present cellphones and social media, it's not a huge shock that teens are stressed.“Unfortunately, it is a growing problem,” says Susan Nygaard,...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Community Rallies Around Hockey Team to Replace Stolen Funds

The Coon Rapids High School boys hockey team faces a big hurdle this season after the booster club discovered its funds have been embezzled.The team says the person responsible has confessed to police but charges have not yet been filed.  They ar...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Land Bridge Repairs Underway on Main St.

Work started this week on permanent repairs to the land bridge over Coon Creek on Main Street.During construction, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction in the area of the land bridge which is just east of Coon Creek Boulevard. &n...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

City Solicits Bids for Riverwind Building Remodel

Plans are moving forward for a remodeling project involving a portion of the Riverwind Community Building.On Tuesday night, the City Council accepted plans and specifications for the project and authorized the solicitation of bids. Proposed improvements i...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

New Centerview Elementary Breaks the School Mold

Back-to-school looked quite a bit different this week for nearly 600 students in the Spring Lake Park School District. Where you might expect to find rows of desks and chairs, instead there were padded stools, seats that wobble and curvy settees. There wa...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Students Learn About Transportation Options at ARCC

The Anoka County Traveler made a stop at Anoka-Ramsey Community College this week to promote stress-free transportation for students.Those with bikes can use the bike rack to secure them to the bus.  On board, there's free wi-fi for riders. &...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

City, Blue Ox Reach Agreement for 2nd Season at CRIC

A successful partnership between the Minnesota Blue Ox and the Coon Rapids Ice Center will continue for a second season.  This week, the City Council approved a contract for ice and facility usage for the 2018-2019 season.  The Minnesota...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Main Street Repair Work Starting After Labor Day

Permanent repair work is set to begin next week on the land bridge over Coon Creek on Main Street.Earlier this year, the westbound lanes of Main Street were closed between Shenandoah Boulevard and Coon Creek Boulevard after a county highway worker discove...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Anoka Co. Man Named 'Outstanding Minnesota Senior'

It's something we believe hasn't happened since the 1960's.  But it did this week at the Minnesota State Fair!A senior from Anoka County captured the state title at the fairgrounds on Thursday morning. Each year, a man and woman representing each...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Golfers Wanted for C.R. Fire Department Fall Classic

The Coon Rapids Fire Department's annual "Fall Golf Classic" is just a few weeks away.  The tournament, which has been going on now for 11 years, helps raise money for the Coon Rapids Firefighters Community Fund.The golf tournament take...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Coon Rapids Fire Explorers Compete at Minn. State Fair

A soggy "Governor's Fire Prevention Day" at the Minnesota State Fair on August 24 but that didn't stop the Coon Rapids Fire Explorers from taking part in a friendly competition.  More than 20 fire explorer posts from across the state sh...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2018

Construction Will Greet Students at Some District 11 Schools

Students head back to school on Tuesday and when they get there, some will find big changes.  Major construction is underway at many Anoka-Hennepin schools but the message from the district is "the show must go on."CTN's Jennifer Anders...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

Coon Rapids Hosts Camp with Strong Ties to MN Wild

Inside the Coon Rapids Ice Center aspiring hockey players got a brush with the pros. Several Minnesota Wild coaches and players to lent some star power to the Golden Horseshoe Hockey School, which made its debut in the city this week. Wild head coach Bruc...

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Community News
Posted on: August 24, 2018

37th Annual Game Fair

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Posted on: August 17, 2018

Hy-Vee Considering Opening Grocery Store in Blaine

A popular grocery story chain that continues to expand is eyeing a location close to Coon Rapids.Hy-Vee is considering purchasing a vacant piece of land on the southwest corner of Main Street and Jefferson Street not far from Blaine High School.  ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 17, 2018

Mercy Hospital Gets High Marks in New Rankings

Mercy Hospital here in Coon Rapids is one of the best in the state, according to new rankings released this week by U.S. News and World Report.  Mercy Hospital was rated second best in the Twin Cities and fourth best hospital in Minnesota. &n...

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Community News
Posted on: August 17, 2018

New Fix-it Stations Throughout Anoka County

A new bike fix-it station is outside the Crooked Lake Library.  Soon, every Anoka County branch will have a station, which includes a rack to hang a bike, an air pump and several tools for quick repairs or tune ups.“We thought that this...

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Community News
Posted on: August 17, 2018

Car Wash Fundraiser Helps Cardinal Girls Basketball Program

The Coon Rapids High School Girls Basketball team got together for some fun and fundraising last weekend.  It was the team's third annual car wash in the parking lot at the Pep Boys in Riverdale.  Players from the freshman team on up to ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 10, 2018

City Moving Forward with Riverwind Building Remodeling Project

The city is moving forward plans to preserve and improve the Riverwind Community Building at Riverwind Park.This week, the City Council awarded a construction management contract for the project to Kinghorn Company in the amount of $45,000. They will assi...

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Community News
Posted on: August 10, 2018

Record Participation for 'Night to Unite' in Coon Rapids

This past Tuesday saw lots of neighbors getting together for fun and games.It was the annual Night to Unite in Coon Rapids.  A record 128 neighborhood parties took place across the city.  Members of the police and fire departments made t...

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Community News
Posted on: August 10, 2018

Soda Festival Draws Big Crowd in Spring Lake Park

If pop, that bubbly surgary drink, brings a smile to your face then the Minnesota Soda Festival is for you. On August 4th its visitors took a step back in time to sample more than 100 craft sodas.A bus built in 1953 transported soda seekers to dozens of t...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Expert Fire Investigator Dies at 58

The fire community mourns the loss of an expert investigator who died suddenly over the weekend at the age of 58.Jamie Novak, who retired from the St. Paul Fire Department just over a year ago, died from an apparent heart attack, according to his family.O...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Sportsman's Warehouse Reopens in Riverdale Area

Just over nine years after it closed its doors due to bankruptcy, Sportsman's Warehouse has reopened in the Riverdale area.The grand opening is taking place this weekend with special activities including a trout pond.  Sportsman's Warehouse is no...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Fire Destroys Hangar at Anoka County Airport

A fire at the Anoka County Airport Monday evening sent thick black smoke billowing into the air.  The flames broke out around 7 p.m.  Thankfully, no injuries were reported.  In addition to a plane, there were several vehicles an...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

New Health Partnership Celebrated in Coon Rapids

A new partnership was celebrated this week between a primary care provider and a mental health clinic.

An open house on Tuesday marked the new partnership between North Metro Pediatrics and the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being. Lee Carls...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

New Option for Campers in the North Metro

For those looking to escape the busy city, there is a new option available and it’s closer than you might think. Several campsites have been established near Ramsey on the Mississippi River.On July 28th, close to 30 volunteers launched canoes fr...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2018

Final 3M Championship Underway in Blaine

The 3M Championship is in full swing for the final time in Blaine this week.  The tournament wraps up Sunday, August 5 with the final round of champion play.  You can watch coverage live on The Golf Channel.

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Community News
Posted on: July 27, 2018

New Youth Program Attracts More Teens

It might look like a game of Pictionary… or kickball… or Madden NFL.  But when kids come to hang out at Youth First in Ramsey, the goals are far bigger than games.“Youth First is a safe place for kids,&...

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Community News
Posted on: July 26, 2018

Anoka Hosts Food Truck Party

The streets of downtown Anoka turned into a food lover’s paradise July 21st. For the second year, dozens of food trucks lined up to offer flavors from around the world. The Anoka Food Truck Festival brought more than 45 food trucks and thousands...

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Community News
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Local Kids Get Important Lessons at Safety Camp

Lots of learning and fun this week for dozens of kids who took part in the annual Safety Camp at the Coon Rapids Ice Center.  The children, who are entering fourth and fifth grade this fall, got numerous safety lessons, everything from fire and e...

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Community News
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Coon Rapids Soccer Players Take the Field at USA Cup

The cheering section for the CR United Strikers was out in force at the Schwan's USA Cup on Wednesday.  The team from Coon Rapids faced a team from Mexico.  Coon Rapids parent, Jankeh Bojang, kept the crowd lively as she shouted...

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Community News
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Thousands Turn Out for Riverfest in Downtown Anoka

Riverfest returned to the city of Anoka July 14, marking the 20th year for the festival and craft fair. This year more than 170 crafters took part.“People have to prove that they made this stuff themselves so we get the opportunity to be a littl...

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Community News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

First Farmers Market of the Season

Wednesday, the first Coon Rapids Farmers Market kicked off for the season. Farmers, bakers and artisans sell food, flowers and even essential oils from the parking lot of the Coon Rapids Ice Center.Susan Brown brought her two children, Oliver and Lillian,...

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Community News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Bunker Hills Golf Club Marks 50th Anniversary

It was 50 years ago, this week, that the golf course at Bunker Hills opened for business.On July 8, golfers and guests came out to mark the milestone of the golf course which has grown over the years from 18 to 36 holes.  The celebration included...

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Community News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

Dates Announced for 2019 PGA Tour Event at the TPC Twin Cities

We now know when the first-ever PGA Tour event will be held in Blaine.  According to the schedule released this week, the TPC of the Twin Cities will host the 3M Open July 1-7, 2019.  Tournament organizers are planning a big party includ...

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Community News
Posted on: July 13, 2018

New Veterans Memorial Dedicated in Anoka County

Visitors to a popular lake in Columbus, Minnesota now have a place to remember military members and their families. On July 7th a new Veterans’ memorial was dedicated at Coon Lake County Park.The memorial features seven flags, two benches, and p...

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Community News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Resurfacing Work Being Done on Hwy. 610

A heads up if you use Highway 610.  MnDOT started a road preservation project on Thursday night and the work will continue for about a week.  A thin coating of asphalt is being laid on Highway 610 between Highway 252 and the Highway 10 p...

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Community News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Fundraiser for Teen with Fragile Bones

For a Coon Rapids teen with a serious bone disease, time spent in the pool equals freedom. To see 14-year-old Nick Jaques swim, kick and splash in the water, you would never know he has osteogenesis imperfecta.  The disease causes his bo...

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Community News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Coon Rapids Man Wins $100,000 Lottery Prize

A Coon Rapids business recently sold a winning lottery ticket worth $100,000.The lucky winner is Coon Rapids resident Larry Chmiel who scratched off the $100,000 prize on an I'MN to Win ticket.  The retiree, who's lived in the city for more than ...

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Community News
Posted on: July 6, 2018

Thousands Take Part in Annual Patriot Ride

Participation in the annual Minnesota Patriot Ride is the largest yet, according to a committee member.For the 13th year, motorcyclists from near and far gathered in a display of patriotism to honor and remember the men and women who have served the Unite...

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Bunker Hills Golf Club Celebrating 50 Years in Business

The Bunker Hills Golf Club is preparing to mark a golden milestone: 50 years of doing business in Coon Rapids.July 8th, 1968. That's the date the original 18 holes opened as the "Coon Rapids Municipal Golf Course."  It would eventually ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Firefighters Help 'Fill the Boot' for MDA

Members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department returned to the Riverdale area this week for their annual Fill The Boot campaign.Firefighters spent three days at the corner of Main Street and Northdale Boulevard collecting donations for the Muscular Dystrophy ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Registration Still Open for Summer Safety Camp

The fire and police departments are still looking for kids interested in taking part in Safety Camp this summer.  The camp takes place July 17 and 18 at the Coon Rapids Ice Center and is open to children entering fourth and fifth grade this fall....

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Elementary Students Take Part in 'Camp Invention'

Students in Mrs. Cavanaugh's summer class worked on their inventions using LED light wands on Thursday morning at Coon Rapids Middle School.  It was all part of "Camp Invention" which drew 90 elementary students interested in STEM progr...

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Former Football Pro Coaches Local Athletes

When a former NFL quarterback gives you advice, you do your best to soak it up.  At least that’s what Jake Vanhulzen tried to do this week during a football camp at Sand Creek Athletic Park.  “Totall...

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

New Exhibit at Banfill-Locke Center Features Farm Animals

A new exhibition at the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley is taking its visitors “Back to the Farm.”The collection of paintings by artist Patty Voje include pigs, cows, sheep and other farm animals as the subject.“...

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Community News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

PGA Tour Adding Stop in Blaine Starting in 2019

The Tournament Players Club in Blaine with play host to an official PGA Tour event starting next summer.  That means this summer will be the final time the TPC hosts the senior players for the 3M Championship.The dates for the new even, the 3M Op...

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Community News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Anoka County Launches New Recycling App

Deciding which bin to throw that old pizza box in, or whether your takeout container can be recycled, just got a bit easier.  Anoka County launched its latest tool to help people recycle more and it's right in the palm of your hand.From batteries...

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Community News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Registration Still Open for Firecracker Races on 4th of July

It seems hard to believe but we are just a little over a week away from the start of this year's 4th of July Celebration.  The festivities take place July 2nd through the 4th at Boulevard Plaza.And there's still time to sign up for the Firecracke...

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Community News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Unclaimed Bikes Being Donated to Bikes 4 Kids

Bikes that can't be returned to their rightful owners will get a new home thanks to a new partnership with the Coon Rapids Police Department and the non-profit Bikes 4 Kids.On Tuesday night, the City Council adopted a resolution to approve donating found ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

New Recycling Containers for Civic Center

New recycling containers will be put to use in the Coon Rapids Civic Center thanks to a grant from Anoka County.This week, the City Council accepted the grant and amended the budget for the purchase of the recycling containers.  The grant will al...

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Community News
Posted on: June 15, 2018

Hundreds Attend Splash Pad Grand Opening

The newest summer hot spot in Coon Rapids opened to a chorus of excited squeals.  The city officially turned on the water at the first public splash pad in Coon Rapids on Tuesday night.The new playground and splash pad next to the ice center on C...

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Community News
Posted on: June 15, 2018

Free Summer Meals at Some Anoka-Hennepin Schools

School may be out for the summer but more than a dozen buildings in District 11 will be serving up free meals for those in need.  The locations in Coon Rapids are: Adams Elementary, the Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School, Coon Rapids Middle Scho...

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

Crooked Lake Library Hosts Squad Car Storytime

The Coon Rapids Police Department teamed up with the local library for a special event this week.About 150 kids and their families turned out for "Squad Car Storytime" Thursday morning at the Crooked Lake Library.  Captain Jon Urquhart ...

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Posted on: June 15, 2018

Lions Attempt Red Wagon World Record at Anoka Co. Fairgrounds

Lions Clubs from across Minnesota and parts of Canada gathered at the Anoka Country Fairgrounds on June 10th to celebrate 100 years of service. Its members also made an attempt at a world record by holding a red wagon parade.A total of 111 Lions registere...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Incumbents for City Council Have No Challengers

Filings for public office closed this week and we now know all three incumbents running for City Council will do so unopposed.Mayor Jerry Koch, Council member Ward Three Wade Demmer and Council member Ward Five Brad Johnson are all seeking another term in...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

New Ordinance Changes Way Food Trucks are Licensed

You could soon start seeing more food trucks around the city.  This week, the City Council introduced an ordinance to amend the City's Transient and Itinerant Merchant Code to include Mobile Food Units.  Under current code, background ch...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Chipotle Gets Approval for New Village 10 Location

The City Council has signed off on a plan to bring a Chipotle Mexican Grill to the Village 10 Shopping Center not far from Lifetime Fitness.  Chipotle is planning to move into the space currently occupied by AAA.  AAA is planning to move...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Nystrom & Associates Getting New Office Building

A new medical office building has been given the green light from the Coon Rapids City Council.On Tuesday night, the council approved a site plan for Wilkus Architects to construct a 20,000 square foot building near the corner of Round Lake Boulevard and ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Class of 2018 Graduates from Coon Rapids High School

Another school year is in the books.  And last weekend, the Class of 2018 bid farewell to Coon Rapids High School.The seniors, donning caps and gowns, entered Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon for their final act together.  ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

'Home Away From Home' Helps Coon Rapids Family

With adorable curls and big, brown eyes, Gabriella Mady is a charmer.   If the chatty and vibrant 19-month-old turns her round face on you, you can’t help but smile. The thriving toddler gives no hint of the struggle it took to...

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Posted on: June 8, 2018

High Flying Fun During Discover Aviation Days in Blaine

Historic Aircraft, including a B-25 bomber, took to the skies over the Anoka County Airport –Jane’s Field in Blaine June 2nd and 3rd. Discover Aviation Days allows the public a rare and unique opportunity to see, touch and even fly in ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

All 3 Incumbents File for Coon Rapids City Council

There's just a few days left to file for public office.  Locally, there are three city council seats and three county commissioner seats up for re-election this fall.As of noon on Friday, June 1, only the incumbents have filed for City Council. &...

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Community News
Posted on: June 1, 2018

Bonding Bill Funds Several Projects in North Metro

Despite some objections, Governor Mark Dayton signed the $1.5 billion bonding bill into law on Wednesday.The bill includes $25 million for public schools to improve safety, one thing that did receive bipartisan support at the State Capitol this session. &...

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Posted on: June 1, 2018

Anoka County Marks Memorial Day with Special Services

The veterans’ organizations of Anoka County held Memorial Day Ceremonies on May 26th.The first was held at Morningside Memorial Gardens and then at Bunker Hills Park.“We do more than carry on a tradition that dates back to 1866, we als...

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Community News
Posted on: June 1, 2018

Coon Rapids Resident Named 'Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year'

A Coon Rapids woman was honored this week as the 2018 Minnesota Woman Veteran of the Year.  Kay Bauer is a retired nurse who served 35 years in the U.S. Navy, both active duty and in the Navy Reserve.  The 82-year-old still participates ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 1, 2018

Call is Out for Public Opinion on Hwy 252

Anyone who drives Highway 252 through Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center knows that it's a busy place. MnDOT estimates the annual average daily traffic on 252 is nearly 60,000 cars. The real question is how to manage the gridlock.

Two workshops this week lo...

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Community News
Posted on: May 25, 2018

City Council Hoping to Save Riverwind Building

The future is becoming a bit clearer for a building that has stood for more than a half-century in Coon Rapids.At a work session this week, the City Council reached a consensus to save the Riverwind building for now and do what they can to get more years ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 25, 2018

Chipotle Proposes New Location in Village 10

There could soon be another dining option for people working and living in the center of the city.  The Planning Commission is recommending approval of a revision to the planned unit development for the Village 10 Shopping Center which is home to...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Construction Starts on New Honda Dealership

Construction is officially underway on a new car dealership in Coon Rapids.Honda is constructing a 56,000 square foot building adjacent to the McDonalds restaurant off Hanson Boulevard in the Gateway Commerce Center.  A marked crosswalk will be a...

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Community News
Posted on: May 25, 2018

New Stroke Treatment Saves Lives at Mercy Hospital

One morning last summer, Roy was up early with his dog when life changed.“Memory's a little fuzzy,” he said, “but I think the dog had gotten up and I jumped out of bed to go get her and I went down.”

His wife Dianne ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

CRHS Freshmen Get CPR, AED Training

Students at Coon Rapids High School got a lesson dating back to the disco era this week.On Tuesday morning, about 600 freshmen learned compression-only CPR to the tune of the Bee Gees "Staying Alive."  Members of the Coon Rapids police ...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Hundreds 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' in Anoka

Hundreds of men in Anoka County walked in stylish high heels in opposition to all forms of violence against women on May 20th.They were joined by women and children, bringing the number of people participating in “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes&rd...

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Posted on: May 25, 2018

Basketball, Volleyball Courts Open at National Sports Center

The public is welcome to get some cardio activity in on the hardwood at the National Sports Center.  On Thursday evening, the sports center debuted their new basketball and volleyball courts.  The open gym is free on opening weekend. &am...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Filings for Public Office Open on May 22

Here's a sign election season can't be too far off: filings for public office open next week.  Locally, three seats on the Coon Rapids City Council are up for reelection this fall:  the mayor's seat along with Ward Three and Ward Five. &...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Remembering the Fallen During National Police Week

The Anoka County Law Enforcement community stopped this week to reflect on the 'thin blue line' and remember officers killed in the line of duty.  Law enforcement officers gathered to remember seven fallen officers who died in the line of duty in...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Mental Health Walk Raising Awareness in the Community

For the ninth year the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County hosted a day of exercise in the name of promoting mental wellness. The 5K walk for Mental Wellness at the Coon Rapids Dam on May 12th included live music and access to community resources.&a...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

Water Tower on Hanson Blvd. Being Repainted

Work started earlier this month on a rehabilitation project involving the water tower off Hanson Boulevard.  Chipping and peeling paint is forcing the city to have the tower repainted.  The rehabilitation work should add 10 to 12 years o...

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Community News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Hwy. 169 Reconstruction Causing Big Headaches for Motorists

Traffic backups near Hayden Lake Road and Highway 169 have cars at a standstill and drivers testing the limits of their patience.A $14 million reconstruction project is underway and a new phase began Monday, limiting traffic to one lane in both directions...

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Community News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Residents Learn More About Hanson Blvd. Reconstruction Project

Planning continues for a big construction project that will start next year in Coon Rapids and impact motorists who use Hanson Boulevard.Anoka County hosted an open house on the project on Thursday evening at the Coon Rapids City Center.  The pub...

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Community News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Investigators Search for Answers Following Deadly Crash

Investigators are still trying to figure out what led to a fiery crash over the weekend that claimed the lives of two Coon Rapids residents.The crash happened just after 9 p.m. Saturday on Northdale Boulevard near 119th Avenue.  A car being drive...

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Community News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

New Building Going Up at Chrysler Dealership

The Coon Rapids Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership is getting a makeover.This week, the walls started going up for a new 80,000 square foot, two story building.  The dealership is replacing the current 28,000 square foot building which they...

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Posted on: May 11, 2018

More Sand Bunkers Seeing Improvements at Golf Course

The Bunker Hills Golf Club is in the midst of a renovation project.  Work recently started on the third phase of renovations to the sand bunkers.  The bunkers are being reduced in size and the liners eliminated which improves the pace of...

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Work Begins on Hanson Blvd. Overpass Project

After delays due to the weather, work finally started this week on preparation work for the addition of an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks.All traffic has been shifted to the southbound lanes of Hanson Boulevard from Coon Rapids Boulevard...

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Boulevard Plaza Nearing Completion

We're now just over a month away from the opening of the newest park in Coon Rapids.The finishing touches are being put on Boulevard Plaza which is adjacent to the Coon Rapids Ice Center.  Crews recently installed umbrellas and other water featur...

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

StoveTop FireStops Installed at HOPE Place

Last year, cooking fires were the number one cause of house fires in Minnesota.  The losses topped six million dollars but a $50 appliance could have made that - much less.This week, members of the Coon Rapids Fire Department installed stovetop f...

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Posted on: May 4, 2018

Coon Rapids Takes Part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

People cleaned out their medicine cabinets for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day"last Saturday.Old and unused prescription drugs are finding their way into the wrong hands.  That's why a national effort to dispose of them properly is ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2018

Students Participate in Mock Trial on Law Day

The Anoka County Courthouse opened its doors and courtrooms to the general public on April 27th.“Law Day” has been connecting community resources with the people who need them for close to a decade but a district court judge says parti...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Bunker Hills Golf Course Opens for the Season

The golf course at Bunker Hills is finally open for the season but not before tying a record for the latest start ever.Bunker Hills officially opened for play on Thursday afternoon and by Friday morning, high school golf teams from the metro area were hit...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

85th Ave. Closing for Emergency Railroad Repairs

A heads up if you use 85th Avenue in the southern part of Coon Rapids.  Weather permitting, the road will be closed at the BNSF railroad tracks May 1-3 for emergency track repairs.  The official detour is East River Road to Osborne Road ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Herberger's Store Closing at Northtown Mall

Northtown Mall is losing an anchor store.  A going-out-of-business sale is currently underway at Herberger's which has been a staple at the mall for nearly 10 years.  But it's parent company Bon-Ton is bankrupt.  A few dozen sto...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Basketball, Volleyball Courts Being Added at National Sports Center

Soccer is synonymous with the National Sports Center in Blaine.  But now they're getting into court sports.Work started this week on the installation of equipment for three high school volleyball courts, two basketball courts and an NBA-sized bas...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Anoka-Hennepin Students Take Part in Robotics Challenge

Bleachers surrounded two small tables at Oak View Middle School on April 21st. At the center of attention were ten teams, who would compete to navigate an obstacle course with a robot of their own design.The Anoka-Hennepin LEGO Robotics Challenge puts sci...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Volunteers Help During Earth Day Cleanup at Coon Rapids Dam

Sunny skies greeted more than 100 volunteers last Sunday at the Coon Rapids Dam.  They arrived to the Earth Day Clean-up event eager to collect as much trash as possible.With maps in hand, children and adults worked together to collect plastic ba...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

City Purchasing Land for Completion of Hwy. 610 Interchange

The city took a step forward this week with their efforts to land a full interchange at Highway 610 and Coon Rapids Boulevard.On Tuesday night, the City Council, acting in their role as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, approved a purchase agreemen...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Single Lane Traffic on Hwy. 169 Starts Monday in Champlin

Get ready for more traffic congestion if you use Highway 169 in Champlin.  Starting Monday, traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction between East Hayden Lake Road and the Mississippi River as work begins on the Elm Creek bridges...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Anoka Technical College Hosts 'Construction Summit'

The Anoka Technical College hosted a Construction Summit this week.It was an opportunity to bring several companies in the building trades, seeking talent, together under one roof.“Do you have a resume?”It was one of the most frequentl...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Library Celebrates 60 Years of Stories

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of Anoka County Library. After 60 years, the place we go to find good stories has made a few along the way.“Everybody has a story to tell, and so does the library,” said Maggie Snow, director of Ano...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

Business Spotlight: Crossfit Osiris

In this month's Business Spotlight, we feature a crossfit gym which opened about a year ago in the Evergreen Business Park.CrossFit Osiris is located at 9250 Holly Street in Coon Rapids.

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Spring Fire Hydrant Flushing Delayed Again

The snow and cold is once again delaying spring fire hydrant flushing.  Crews were hoping to start the work early next week but it now looks like it could be late April or early May before the process begins.  As part of routine maintena...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

MSHSL Allows for Shortened Baseball, Softball Games

Winter's continued grip is starting to take a toll on the spring sports season.  The Cardinal tennis team cleared the snow from the outdoor courts this week in order to play their first game of the season.  But the baseball and softball ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Another Round of School Boundary Meetings Start April 18

Larger community meetings on school attendance boundary proposals begin next week in District 11.  All five high schools will host a meeting.  Here's the list:April 18 - Coon Rapids High SchoolApril 30 - Blaine High SchoolMay 1 - Champli...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Minn. Supreme Court Makes Visit to Anoka High School

The knock of a gavel rang through the auditorium inside Anoka High School on Wednesday.  With that, court was in session.The Minnesota Supreme Court convened on the high school’s stage, while roughly 850 students watched and learned.&am...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Anoka Co. Participating in Law Day on April 27

Here's something you don't get every day: free legal advice.  Or a free pass to avoid jail if you have an outstanding warrant.But you can get that and a whole lot more on Law Day which is just two weeks away.  Anoka County will once agai...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Dozens Take Part in Coon Rapids Fix It Clinic

Dozens of people brought in broken items for repair at a free Fix It Clinic last weekend at the Public Works Facility.  Volunteers attempted to disassemble, troubleshoot and repair everything from electronics and lamps to vacuums and household ap...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Local Artists Show Off Their Work During Art Crawl

For the last 21 years, a select group of artists in the north metro have come together to sell their unique creations.The annual North Artists Studio Crawl was held over the weekend of April 7. The art crawl invites art shoppers into the homes and studios...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

ARCC Students Staging Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'

If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend or next, why not check out the spring play at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.The theatre department is presenting Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing."  The play is being performe...

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Community News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Despite Snow, Road Construction Season is Here

Minnesota's two seasons appear to be colliding this year.  As winter's grip continued this week, MnDOT laid out its plans for road construction season which is pretty much here.The big project that will impact motorists in the north metro is the ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Campus Lockdown Ends Safely at Anoka Tech

Everyone is safe after a campus lockdown at Anoka Technical College on Thursday. Police responded shortly after 11:00 am when both a student and a staff member at the college reported an unidentified person acting suspiciously.

College administrators and c...

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Community News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Earth Day Clean-up Planned at Coon Rapids Dam

Every spring, old fishing line, hooks and lures can be found along the banks of the Mississippi river near the Coon Rapids Dam.On Earth Day, the Three Rivers Park District is hosting a trash clean-up event to get the garbage out ahead of summer.&ldquo...

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Community News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

April Snow Sidelines Spring Routines

Visit Wintercrest Park during the first week of April and you should hear the crack of ball on bat and cheering fans in the stands.  But this April, sounds of spring are buried under nearly a foot of snow.Wind-whipped ball fields and blo...

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Community News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

Distracted Driving Crackdown Starts April 9

Law enforcement agencies across the state will be beefing up patrols in the next two weeks looking for distracted drivers on Minnesota roads.Authorities say distracted driving contributes to one in five crashes in Minnesota and texting continues to be a b...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

District 11 Releases New Boundary Proposals

The public has spoken and now the Anoka-Hennepin School District has responded.  This week, District 11 staff presented several more options for school boundary changes to the School Board following community meetings in the past month.  ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Students Honored by FBI for Cybersafety Efforts

A big honor this week for eighth graders from four middle schools in the Anoka-Hennepin School District.  Students from Jackson, Northdale, Oak View and Roosevelt recently won the National FBI Safe Online Surfing award in Steven Burrill's compute...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Coon Rapids Non-Profit Hosting Easter Weekend Meal Packing Events

A Coon Rapids Based Nonprofit is keeping its doors open Easter Weekend to help disadvantaged children around the world.The Christian organization Feed My Starving Children is looking for volunteers to assemble meals that will be shipped to one of 70 count...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Artists Opening Studio Doors for Annual Art Crawl

You can check out the creations of more than two dozen artists in the north metro next weekend.The 21st annual North Artists Studio Crawl will take place April 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Thirteen studios will be open in Anoka, Andover, Blain...

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Community News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

The Difference a Donation Makes

Twice a week you can find Sue Romppanen hard at work inside ACBC Food Shelf in Anoka.  She and many other volunteers sort clothes and food that serves more than 30,000 people throughout the year.

“I volunteer here because it is a very wo...

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Community News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

New Push for Full Interchange at Hwy. 610/Coon Rapids Blvd.

The city is once again trying to persuade the state to construct a full interchange at Highway 610 and Coon Rapids Boulevard.The City Council met in a work session this week to get an update from staff on recent talks with MnDOT.  Currently, east...

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Community News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

Hanson Blvd. Reconstruction Project Starts March 26

Work on the Hanson Boulevard grade separation project will get underway next week.  Crews have posted signs alerting motorists to the construction which begins March 26.  The initial work involves the relocation of utilities.  S...

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Community News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

3 City Trails Getting Makeover This Summer

Trails in three city parks will be getting a makeover this summer.  Burl Oaks Park, Prairie Oaks Park and Vineyard Park will see trail reconstruction and the installation of pedestrian curb ramps.  The basketball court at Vineyard Park w...

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Community News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

Chili, Beer Event Raises Money for Lee Carlson Center

Dozens of people bonded over beer and chili this week, all for a good cause.On Thursday night, the Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health and Well-Being held its third annual Chili Cook-Off and Beer Tasting event at the Springbrook Nature Center.  ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Planning Commission Approves Site Plan for Veterinary Clinic

A new veterinary clinic appears to be coming to Coon Rapids.On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for the project which will be located in the Riverdale area.  Sambatek is planning to construct a 3,100 square foot vete...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Open House Planned for Hwy. 169 Reconstruction Project

Work continues this year on the reconstruction of Highway 169 in Champlin.The public can learn more about this year's work at an open house on Wednesday, March 21.  It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Champlin Ice Forum.  A formal presentati...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

New Boutique With a Mission That Hits Home

The look is upscale but the prices are not. Hope’s Closet is a new retail store in Champlin branded as a resale boutique. All of the items for sale are donated.

Customer Marilyn Duffy had an easy time finding something to bring home from Hope's C...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Toys R Us Closing All Stores in the U.S.

First it was closing then being saved.  But we learned this week that Toys R Us is now planning to close all of its stores across the country including the Blaine location and go out of business.Retail experts say weak holiday sales prevented the...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Woodcarvers Showcase Their Creations at Northtown Mall

Members of the Minnesota Wood Carvers Association displayed their chipped and chiseled creations on March 10th and 11th at the Northtown Mall in Blaine.The Woodcarving Artistry Show is in its 52nd year. The annual event is an opportunity to see want can b...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

Hundreds Attend Home Improvement Show in Andover

The 20th annual Home Improvement Show drew a big crowd to the Andover YMCA last weekend.  The show featured 100 vendors including many contractors from the Andover, Anoka and Coon Rapids area.  The cities promoted their home improvement ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

NLX Passenger Rail Project Clears Environmental Review

A green light this week for a project that would add passenger rail service between the Twin Cities and Duluth.The Federal Railroad Administration says the Northern Lights Express project will not have significant environmental impacts which concludes tha...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

Parents Learn About Drug and Alcohol Prevention

When Jeremy Sutliff first began using marijuana and alcohol he was thirteen years old, “That excelled me into partying with other drugs. I started an opiate habit with painkillers,” said Sutliff.He and two other adults who struggled wi...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

Contract Awarded for Park Improvement Projects

Two parks in Coon Rapids will see a big overhaul this summer following action by the City Council this week.On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the contract for improvements at Riverwind Park and Crooked Lake Park to Custom Builders Incorporated in...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

Sheriff's Office Holding Public Forum on Body Camera Proposal

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is holding a public forum next week on a proposed body camera policy.  The forum will take place on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Anoka County Sheriff's Office in Andover.  The forum is an opportu...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

New Sandwich Shop Opens in Anoka

A sandwich shop founded in Eau Claire, Wisconsin back in the 1980s will open its first location in the north metro of the Twin Cities this weekend.Two women have teamed up to open the newest location of Erbert and Gerbert's on Seventh Avenue in Anoka just...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Emergency Bridge Repairs Begin on Main Street

The temporary repairs to the closed section of westbound Main Street got underway this week and we're learning the roadway will reopen earlier than planned.On Thursday, the Anoka County Highway Department poured concrete for the bridge deck span which had...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

For Anoka-Hennepin, Graduation Rates Are 'Personal'

More students than ever before donned a cap and gown in Minnesota, as high school graduation rates went up across the state. The Department of Education reports that 2017 was a record-setting year for Minnesota graduates.Since 2012, the average high schoo...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Hundreds Jump into Crooked Lake for a Good Cause

For the sixth straight year, hundreds of Minnesotans jumped into the icy waters of Crooked Lake to raise funds for Special Olympics Minnesota and its Anoka County chapter. Despite an air temperature of around 21°F on February 24th, 575 people took...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Renovation Work Planned at Bunker Beach

Anoka County is spending some money on improvements at Bunker Beach.  The County Board recently awarded a contract for the work to Fischer Bros in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin for a little more than $300,000.  The project involves repaintin...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Sheriff James Stuart Planning Run for Third Term

Anoka County Sheriff James Stuart announced this week that he plans to seek a third term as the county's top cop.  Stuart, who was first elected back in 2010, says it's been a privilege to serve the citizens of Anoka County and says he looks forw...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Home Improvement Show March 10 in Andover

Here's a sign spring can't be too far off!  The 20th annual North Suburban Home Improvement Show is coming up on Saturday, March 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Andover YMCA Community Center.  In addition to 100 plus exhibitors, there wi...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

Hanson Blvd. Railroad Overpass Project Starts in Spring

A project funded, in part, by action during last year's legislative session will get underway this spring.On Thursday night, dozens of people turned out at the final open house for the Hanson Boulevard grade separation project.  In addition to an...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

Contract Awarded for Emergency Bridge Repairs

Construction is expected to begin next week on emergency repairs to the land bridge over Coon Creek on Main Street.  The westbound lanes of the roadway were shutdown late last month after an Anoka County Highway Department employee discovered a b...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

Plans for Lions Coon Creek Park Redevelopment Moving Forward

The city is moving forward with plans to redevelop Lions Coon Creek Park next year... the last park to be renovated with proceeds from the park referendum.On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the design service agreement to WSB and Associates Incorp...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

District 11 Redrawing School Boundaries

Information sessions on proposed changes to school boundaries are kicking off across District 11.  In all, about 4,500 students would be impacted by the changes including some here in Coon Rapids.At the elementary level, around 600 students would...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

Coon Rapids High School Gym Class 'On a Roll'

A Coon Rapids High School gym class was on a roll this week. Students who are used to running and jumping around the basketball court on their feet, tried to play the sport from a wheelchair.While the students practiced new skills, the true lesson of the ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

Parade of Homes 'Dream Home' in Coon Rapids

The annual Parade of Homes spring showcase gets underway this weekend... and one of five dream homes on the tour is right here in Coon Rapids.This Cape Code-Nantucket style home is located on the Mississippi River off Mississippi Drive and built by Parent...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

City Council Gets Update on Port Riverwalk Redevelopment Plans

The City Council received an update this week on redevelopment plans for Port Riverwalk and it appears construction could start as soon as late summer.Centra Homes is still interested in constructing a housing project on the site which is on the south sid...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

District 11 Names Principals for 2 New Elementary Schools

District 11 has selected the principals who will lead the two new elementary schools that are being constructed as part of the school bond referendum.Deb Shepard, who's served as principal at Rum River Elementary for the past decade, has been named princi...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

Coon Rapids Teen Breaks Both Legs in Skiing Accident

 Like a lot of teenagers, Sam Halvorson is an active 14-year-old who plays sports. But he faced his toughest opponent in late January when he was involved in a skiing accident."Then this one comes up and out,” Sam Halvorson traced ...

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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Group Celebrates Olympics, Sports in the North Metro

The 2018 Winter Olympics are well underway and to celebrate the North Metro Mayors Association hosted a special event during the opening ceremonies.The event took place last Friday night at the Sticks and Stones Restaurant at Fogerty Arena in Blaine which...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Contract Awarded for Hanson Blvd. Railroad Overpass

Some good news when it comes to the cost of the project to add an overpass at the double railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard.Last week, the Anoka County Board awarded the contract for the project to C-S McCrossan Construction Inc. in the amount of nearly ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

City Seeking Bids for 2018 Park Improvement Projects

The city is moving forward with plans to reconstruct two community parks this summer.On Tuesday night, the City Council accepted the plans and specifications for the 2018 park improvement projects and ordered the solicitation of bids for the work. &nb...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Stepping Stone Hosts Photo Shoot for Homeless Residents

Some special visitors made a stop at a local homeless shelter this week to give residents a boost in their job hunts.On Wednesday afternoon, Stepping Stone hosted "Headshots for the Homeless" at their emergency housing facility in Anoka. &nb...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

City, Community Strength Foundation Purchasing Portable Stage

The city is getting a portable stage.  On Tuesday night, the City Council authorized the purchase of a $113,000 mobile stage and canopy.  It's a state-of-the-art acoustical shell with built-in lighting, stairways and more.  It w...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Enrollment Up at ARCC, ATC

Enrollment continues to climb at two local colleges.  At Anoka Ramsey Community College, enrollment is up 3.1% in the current semester compared to one year ago.  And over at the Anoka Technical College, enrollment for the spring semester...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Coon Rapids Girl Taking Keen Interest in 2018 Winter Olympics

Thousands of athletes from across the world are turning their Olympic dreams into reality this month as the 2018 winter games get underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Recently, a 10-year-old Coon Rapids girl got the chance of a lifetime with an Olympic sp...

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Community News
Posted on: February 2, 2018

Toys R Us No Longer Closing Blaine Location

The Toys R Us in Blaine won't be closing after all.  A company spokesperson says after additional negotiations, the Blaine location was removed from the list of store closings along with more than a dozen other locations.As part of its bankruptcy...

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Community News
Posted on: February 2, 2018

New Miss Coon Rapids Crowned at Annual Pageant

Erin O'Brien was crowned the new Miss Coon Rapids at the annual pageant on January 27 at Coon Rapids High School.  She grew up in Ohio and has spent the last few years working as a television reporter in Wisconsin.  Just six months ago, ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 2, 2018

Precinct Caucuses Taking Place February 6

The political process for the 2018 elections gets underway next week.  Precinct caucuses will take place the evening of Tuesday, February 6.  Caucuses are organized by the political parties to select candidates to run for office and dete...

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Posted on: February 2, 2018

New Ridership Record for Northstar Commuter Rail

Metro Transit is reporting record ridership on the Northstar Commuter Rail line last year.  Transit officials say there were nearly 794,000 ides in 2017 which is a 12 percent increase over the previous year.  Last year's ridership broke ...

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Community News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

Hundreds Turn Out for Community Wellness Day

Hundreds of people turned out last weekend for the annual "Community Wellness Day" put on by the Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Department.There was a lot to see and do last Saturday at Roosevelt Middle School in Blaine.  Dozens of ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2018

Home Improvement Liquidator Opens in Coon Rapids

A new retailer has opened its doors in Coon Rapids.Minnesota Home Outlet recently opened its third Twin Cities location in the old Circuit City spot in the Northtown Village Shopping Center.  And it's already exceeding expectations as far as cust...

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Community News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

Anoka Man Honored for Mental Health Work

A big honor recently for an Anoka man with many years of experience helping others in the mental health field.  Last week, Larry Weight received the annual "Healthy Body, Healthy Mind" award from the Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka C...

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Community News
Posted on: January 19, 2018

Raising Cane's Planning Restaurant in Coon Rapids

A new restaurant is coming to Coon Rapids.On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved the site plan for the project.  Raising Cane's plans to construct a nearly 3,000 square foot restaurant at the southeast corner of Round Lake Boulevard ...

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Community News
Posted on: January 19, 2018

Laundromat Replacing Old Pizza Hut Location

A coin operated laundromat is setting its sights on the old Pizza Hut location on Coon Rapids Boulevard.  On Thursday night, the Planning Commission approved design flexibility for the setback to be 34.74 feet from the boulevard with the addition...

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Community News
Posted on: January 19, 2018

VOA Senior Dining Program Ending in Coon Rapids

The Volunteers of America senior dining program is coming to an end in Coon Rapids.  VOA has partnered with the city for the past 30 years to provide meals for local seniors.  However, attendance has dwindled from nearly 50 seniors in th...

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Community News
Posted on: January 19, 2018

Anoka Co. Seeking Nominations for Public Health Awards

Anoka County is seeking nominations for public health awards.  There are two categories: youth individual or an organization that is youth-led, and adult individual or a group partnership, community coalition or organization.  Nomination...

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Community News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

Longtime Coon Rapids Resident Bruce Frank Dies at 77

A longtime Coon Rapids resident and champion of kids and the community has died.  Bruce Frank passed away Sunday at the age of 77.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park.  In addition to...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

Homes Demolished for Hanson Blvd. Overpass Project

Preparation work continues for a new overpass that will be constructed at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks.Crews are demolishing a dozen homes off Hanson Boulevard to make way for the project.  Three homes on 108th Lane were removed this week...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

'Top Secret Project' Makes Stop in Anoka County

A unique traveling exhibit that educates parents about potential dangers in their child's bedroom made a stop in District 11 this week.On Thursday night, the Educational Service Center in Anoka hosted the "Top Secret Project."  It gives...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

New School Board Member Takes Oath of Office

There's a new face on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board this week.On Monday night, Anna Dirkswager took the oath of office during the first regular School Board meeting of the year.  She represents District Four, a seat previously held by William F...

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Community News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

Rockie Lynne Holding Benefit Concert for Homeless Veterans

Country music star Rockie Lynne is returning to the north metro this weekend to help raise money for homeless veterans.Lynne will headline a special musical event on Sunday, January 14 at the Fountains of Ramsey.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the sho...

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Community News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

10th Annual Community Wellness Day on January 20th

If your New Year's resolutions involve getting healthier in 2018, the Anoka-Hennepin Community Education Department has an event for you.The 10th annual "Community Wellness Day" is taking place on Saturday, January 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ro...

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Community News
Posted on: January 5, 2018

2 Families Displaced Following Separate House Fires

2018 is off to a tragic start for a Coon Rapids family who lost their home and pets in a New Year's Day fire.The flames broke out around noon at their trailer in the Creekside Mobile Home Park off Egret Boulevard.  Fire crews arrived to find the ...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Flu Prompts Allina Hospitals to Impose Visitor Restrictions

As cases of the flu become more widespread across the state, hospitals are taking action to protect patients and staff.  This week, Allina Health implemented visitor restrictions at hospitals system-wide but the restrictions were put in place at ...

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Community News
Posted on: January 5, 2018

American Legion Continues Search for New Home

The new year has the Coon Rapids American Legion continuing its pursuit of a new home.In mid-December, the Legion officially moved out of the building on Crooked Lake Boulevard after putting it up for sale.  The Northstar Community Church purchas...

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Community News
Posted on: January 5, 2018

Bikes 4 Kids Celebrates Big Milestone

A big milestone for a group of volunteers that helps kids get a bike of their own.In late December, the non-profit Bikes 4 Kids celebrated their 1,000th bike repaired, in a single year, at their bike shop in Ham Lake.  Since 2011, the organizatio...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Tree House Fundraiser Nets $50,000 for Hope 4 Youth

A local organization that helps homeless youth not only hit but far exceeded its fundraising goal last month.  Hope 4 Youth's first-ever "Out in the Cold" event raised $50,000, well above the $30,000 goal set for its inaugural year. &am...

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Community News
Posted on: December 22, 2017

Corrosion Discovered on Pedestrian Bridge

A pedestrian bridge in the southern part of the city has undergone a through inspection after corrosion was discovered about a month ago.The 50 foot long steel bridge spans Pleasure Creek on the north side of Coon Rapids Boulevard just west of Springbrook...

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Community News
Posted on: December 21, 2017

Toys for Joy Gives Back to Families in Need in Anoka County

For the past 31 years, Toys for Joy has been making the holidays a little brighter for local families in need.In this season of giving, the unexpected surprises can mean the most.Brandon Beseke, Toy for Joy Member asks, "Does your son have a bike by ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2017

One Year Later: Karen Sivanich Talks About Brain Cancer Diagnosis

How's Karen?  It's one of the most common questions we get asked at CTN.It's been just over a year since Karen Sivanich suffered a seizure while working at her other job.  The seizure led to the discovery that she had brain cancer. &...

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Posted on: December 22, 2017

Contract Awarded for Hanson Blvd. Water Tower Work

Plans are moving forward for the rehabilitation of the Hanson Boulevard water tower.  On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the contract for the project to Maguire Iron Inc. in the amount of $224,000.  Chipping and peeling paint is ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2017

Plans for New Honda Dealership Moving Forward

Plans for a new Honda dealership in Coon Rapids are once again moving forward after the project hit a small bump in the road.This week, the City Council approved revised building elevations for the dealership which is planning to construct a 56,000 square...

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Posted on: December 22, 2017

Family Skate Night Debuts Dec. 28 at Sand Creek Park

Sand Creek Park will be hosting "Family Skate Nights" this winter.  The first one of the season is coming up on Thursday, December 28 from 5-8:30 p.m.  Concessions will also be available for purchase from 5-7:30 p.m.Sand Creek ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2017

Church Partners with Toys For Tots to Help Local Families

A local church partnered with Toys For Tots to help local families in need this holiday season.The Mission for Evangelism and Holistic Development, or MEHD, along with the House of Christ Assembly Church in Coon Rapids, distributed toys to nearly 300 fami...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Anoka-Hennepin School Board Adopts 2018 Tax Levy

The Anoka-Hennepin School Board adopted the 2018 tax levy this week and it's bigger next year following passage of the referendum questions last month.This year's tax levy is $92,162,559.  On Monday night, the School Board approved a tax levy of ...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

'Hope 4 Youth' Holding Fundraiser in Tree House

A local organization that helps homeless youth in the community is looking for your support this weekend.Hope 4 Youth is hosting a new fundraiser called "Out in the Cold for Youth."  Dozens of people are taking turns spending time in th...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Mixed Doubles Curling Trials at Fogerty Arena

We're now less than two months away from the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics and some local athletes in the sport of curling are hoping to secure their ticket to the games in South Korea.This weekend, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Mixed Doubles Curli...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Anoka County Board Adopts 2018 Tax Levy

The Anoka County Board has also set its property tax levy for 2018.This year's Anoka County tax levy is $125,444,707.  The 2018 levy adopted by the board late last week is $130,082,235 or a 3.7 percent increase.  The tax levy will fund s...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Local Group Makes Big Donation to Jacob Wetterling Resource Center

A big boost this week for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.  On Tuesday night, the non-profit was presented with a check for $160,000 at the Tournament Players Club in Blaine.  Each year, the TPC Rose, a non-profit group of women aff...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

New Trampoline Park Under Construction in Blaine

A new trampoline park is planning to open up shop near Northtown Mall.  Sky Zone is in the process of renovating the 37,000 square foot building that used to house Old Chicago.  In addition to freestyle jumping, there will be an area set...

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

Dozens Turn Out for Hanson Blvd. Reconstruction Open House

City and county officials hope a major reconstruction project on Hanson Boulevard will improve traffic flow north of Highway 10 and reduce the number of crashes.Dozens of residents turned out at the Coon Rapids City Center on Wednesday night to learn more...

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

Car Accidentally Drives onto Railroad Tracks, Struck by Train

A scare Monday night for the driver of a car that made a wrong turn and ended up on the double railroad tracks near Egret Boulevard.  Authorities say the driver, a 51-year-old St. Paul woman, was trying to turn onto Eagle Street but her GPS direc...

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

City Council Approves 2018 Budget, Tax Levy

The City Council approved the 2018 city budget and tax levy this week.The property tax levy for 2018 is $26,845,674, which is a 4.8% increase from this year's levy.  In addition to the final year of funding for the park referendum, the budget inc...

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

Text-to-911 Program Launches in Minnesota

This week a new program was announced throughout the state that allows deaf and hard of hearing people the ability to make an emergency call.911 has always been the first call made when there’s an emergency but now that call can be a text."...

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

New Sign for Pedestrian Crosswalk on Round Lake Blvd.

To clarify any confusion for drivers, a new sign has been installed at the pedestrian crosswalk signal on Round Lake Boulevard.  The light flashes yellow when a pedestrian pushes the button to cross the road.  A solid red light means mot...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Open House Planned for Hanson Blvd. Reconstruction Project

Anoka County will be hosting an open house next week on a big reconstruction project that will impact motorists here in Coon Rapids.In 2019, the county plans to reconstruct Hanson Boulevard from just north of Highway 10 to just south of Main Street. &...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Riverwind Building to be Saved, Remodeled

The entire building at Riverwind Park will be saved after all.As part of the park renovation project next year, the City Council decided earlier this year to salvage a portion of the existing building to continue to provide meeting space for groups who us...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Name Selected for New City Park

Boulevard Plaza.  That's the consensus from city leaders and staff on the new name for the area surrounding the Coon Rapids Ice Center which includes a new park.  Plaza indicates there's more than one thing going on in the space includin...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Rehabbed Building in Anoka Opens to Homeless Veterans

Today is the day dozens of homeless veterans finally have a place to call their own. After only two months, the Stan Kowalski building on the former state hospital grounds in Anoka is opening its doors.The building was approved by inspectors this week and...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Free Smoke Detectors Available from Coon Rapids Fire Department

The Coon Rapids Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross this month to ensure all residents have working smoke detectors in their homes.  If you're in need of any, call the fire department at 763-767-6429 and schedule an appointm...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

'A Nice Family Christmas' Being Staged at Bunker Hills

Bunker Hills Nice Family Christmas

A holiday comedy for the whole family is about to take place at the Bunker Hills Event Center. It’s Christmas Eve in Minneapolis and a young Star Tribune newspaper reporter, on the brink of being fired, has been assigned a last chance story abou...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

McCarthys Staging 'A Taxing Christmas' at Majestic Oaks

The McCarthys are back in action at the Seasons Dinner Theater with a new holiday show called "A Taxing Christmas."Greg Eiden plays Richard Cummings, a man who's not so merry when he moves into a 55-plus community and learns he's about to be aud...

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

Volunteers Rally to House Homeless Veterans

After weeks of renovations, countless man hours and dozens of donations, the first of three cottages at the old state hospital in Anoka is preparing to open its doors to homeless veterans.In just 14 days, this vacant building will become a home to 30 vete...

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

Group Aimed at Preventing Gun Violence Forms in North Metro

A national non-profit organization aimed at preventing gun violence is launching a local chapter here in the north metro.  Sandy Hook Promise is led by several family members who lost loved ones in the December 2012 school shooting in Newton, Con...

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

Mercy Hospital Celebrates Opening of New Main Entrance

After months of construction at Mercy Hospital, the new main entrance is open for business.On Thursday afternoon, Allina and Mercy Hospital officials were joined by foundation members and community partners to help celebrate the new enhanced front entranc...

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Posted on: November 17, 2017

Portable Planetarium Makes Stop at ARCC

Students at Anoka Ramsey Community College got an upclose and personal look at our universe this week. And they didn't have to travel billions of light years away.  The Exploradome, a portable planetarium, made a visit to the college on Thursday....

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Voters Approve School Referendum in District 11

Voters in the Anoka-Hennepin School District have overwhelmingly approved two ballot questions that will increase space and decrease class sizes.Question One, which provides operating revenue of $95 million over the next 10 years, passed with 16,681 yes v...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

New Member Elected to Anoka-Hennepin School Board

There will be one new face on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board starting next year.  On Tuesday night, Anna Dirkswager won her bid for the District Four seat, replacing William Fields who did not seek re-election. Dirkswager received 2,751 votes wh...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

Coon Rapids Fire Chief Wins State Transportation Award

A big honor this week for the Coon Rapids fire chief who led the charge to secure funding for an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks.On Wednesday, John Piper received the transportation advocate award from the Minnesota Transportation Allianc...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

C.R. American Legion Vacating Current Building in December

The Coon Rapids American Legion continues its search for a new home.The building on Crooked Lake Boulevard is being sold to the Northstar Community Church. And the church which will take possession in mid-December. But the sale of the building doesn't mea...

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Posted on: November 9, 2017

District 11 Hosting Forum on Youth Exploitation and Trafficking

District 11 is teaming up with Anoka County and several other local organizations to educate the community about the exploitation and trafficking of youth.A community forum is set for Thursday, November 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Educational Service Ce...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

District 11 Voters to Decide on School Referendum

Voters in the Anoka-Hennepin School District will head to the polls next week to determine the future direction of District 11.  Two referendum questions are on the ballot."We're very excited at Coon Rapids High School for the opportunity to...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

CRHS Students 'Trick or Treat' for Food Shelf Donations

Toothpaste, deodorant and canned food.  Those were just some of the items Coon Rapids High School students were looking for when they went trick or treating on Halloween.This is the fourth year DECA students and others have participated in the &q...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Trails Paved at Boulevard Park

Progress continues on construction at the newest park in the city.  This week, crews paved the trails at Boulevard Park which is located adjacent to the Coon Rapids Ice Center.  Workers still need to plant trees and do other landscaping ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Big Turnout for Super Senior Bazaar

If you were in the mood to shop and save money, there were lots of deals to be found this week at an annual event put on by local seniors.The Bazaar and Flea Market, sponsored by the Super Senior Club, took over the Coon Rapids Civic Center on Thursday. &...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

District 11, Teachers Approve New 2 Year Contract

Teachers in the state's largest school district have a new two year contract.On Monday night, the Anoka-Hennepin School Board signed off on the deal which includes salary increases for both experience and education in both years along with a two percent i...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Public Forum Held to Discuss Future of Anoka Co. Jail

Growing concerns about the overcrowding and outdated Anoka County Jail lead to a public forum this week addressing safety, space and increasing maintenance costs.  Now a jail and justice system assessment could lead to future improvements."I...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Blaine Hires New Police Chief

The City of Blaine has a new police chief.  Brian Podany has been hired as the new safety services manager and police chief, beating out four other candidates for the position.  Podany is no stranger to the local law enforcement scene. &...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

New Mental Health Treatment Program Opening in Fridley

A new residential treatment program for people managing mental health conditions will open its doors on November 1 in Fridley.On Thursday, Touchstone Mental Health held an open house at its new location right next to the Mercy Hospital Unity Campus. &...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Narcan Now Available at All Walgreens Pharmacies Nationwide

As the opioid epidemic grows, Walgreens announced this week that it's making the overdose spray Narcan available in all of its pharmacies nationwide.The medication, administered by nasal spray, can be used in the event of an overdose to reverse the effect...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Boy Scouts Help Raise New Flag at Apartment Complex

A local boy scout troop from Coon Rapids helped a local senior apartment complex replace an old ragged American flag this week.  A special flag ceremony was held Tuesday evening at Redwood Terrace apartments located off Coon Rapids Boulevard Exte...

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Posted on: October 27, 2017

Theater Students Staging Fall Production at ARCC

Theater students at Anoka Ramsey Community College are kicking off their fall production.We caught up with the students Wednesday afternoon as they rehearsed for "Good 'N' Plenty," a comedy set in 1976, the bicentennial year.  It center...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Hanson Blvd. Railroad Overpass Project Slated to Take 2 Years

The Coon Rapids City Council has approved a joint powers agreement with Anoka County for the construction of an overpass at the double railroad tracks on Hanson Boulevard.More than 12,000 vehicles use this stretch of roadway every day, and now a reconstru...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Traffic Study Approved for Riverdale Area

Continued congestion and safety concerns has the city looking at ways to improve traffic flow in the Riverdale area.This week, the City Council accepted a proposal from the S-R-F Consulting Group to conduct a transportation assessment for the Riverdale ar...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Contract Awarded for Bunker Renovations at Golf Course

The Bunker Hills Golf Club is moving forward with plans to improve more bunkers on the course.On Tuesday night, the City Council awarded the bid for the project to Hartman Companies Incorporated in the amount of $305,000.  A total of 33 sand bunk...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Hanson Blvd. Water Tower to be Repainted

Chipping and peeling paint is forcing the city to repaint the Hanson Boulevard water tower.  This week, the City Council authorized the solicitation of bids for the project which involves the removal of the chipped paint and the application of a ...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

City Taking Over Prosecution of Criminal Cases for Fridley

The City of Coon Rapids is taking over the prosecution of criminal cases for the City of Fridley.  On Tuesday night, the City Council approved an agreement with Fridley to prosecute all of its petty, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor cases beginn...

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Posted on: October 20, 2017

Volunteers Rebuild Storm-Damaged Gazebos at National Sports Center

A hail storm earlier this summer left it's mark on areas of the north metro including at the National Sports Center in Blaine where 11 gazebos were severely damaged.  Last week, employees from the Blaine Lowe's store volunteered their time to rep...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Residents Give Feedback on Lions Park Redevelopment Plan

It's one of the most popular parks in the city and this week residents had the chance to share their ideas about upcoming renovations to Lions Coon Creek Park.The city hosted an open house Monday night to give residents a glimpse at the latest designs for...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Firefighters Visit Elementary Schools During Fire Prevention Week

It is Fire Prevention Week, a time when Coon Rapids firefighters make their annual visit to all elementary schools in the city.We stopped by Epiphany School on Wednesday morning where students were learning some important safety lessons from the Coon Rapi...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Northwest Passage High School Gives Students Unique Educational Opportunities

A local high school was recently awarded the Minnesota Association of Charter Schools Innovation Award.  Northwest Passage is a public charter school located here in Coon Rapids."Not every student works in the traditional large public school...

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

Preliminary Work Starts on Hwy. 169 Reconstruction Project

Preliminary work is underway on a big reconstruction project on Highway 169 in Champlin.This week, crews began installing temporary traffic signals, constructing median crossovers and making wider turn lanes for the project, which stretches from East Hayd...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Open House Planned for Lions Coon Creek Park Renovations

The year 2018 isn't even here yet but the city is already gearing up for the last big park improvement project planned in 2019.On October 9, an open house will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. in the City Council Chambers to discuss renovation plans for Lions ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Consultant Hired for Hanson Blvd. Improvement Project

A consultant has been hired to do design and engineering work for a reconstruction project on Hanson Boulevard here in Coon Rapids.  In 2019, Anoka County is planning to reconstruct Hanson Boulevard from just north of Highway 10 to just south of ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Anoka Technical College Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Anoka Technical College is celebrating a golden milestone this year, one that almost didn't happen.On Thursday night, the school marked its 50th anniversary by opening its doors to the public to give them a glimpse at the programs offered and demonstr...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Drone Course to be Offered in District 11

Here's a sign the times are changing.  Next year, the Anoka-Hennepin School District will offer a class on drones.  The course will teach high schoolers how to build, program and fly the aircraft and will be offered at the STEP school in...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

State Grant Sought for Highway 10 Improvements

Anoka County is hoping to secure state funding to make more safety improvements on Highway 10 in Anoka.The county has applied for a grant through MnDOT's state highway freight program to make improvements at the Fairoak Avenue intersection and Thurston Av...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Modifications Planned for Police Department Evidence Room

The increase in the highly toxic street drugs Fentanyl and Carfentanil are forcing the Coon Rapids Police Department to make changes to their evidence room.  This week, the City Council amended the 2017 budget to allow the police department to ma...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Youth First Fundraiser October 12 in Anoka

A fundraiser for Youth First, which Coon Rapids recently joined, is coming up next week.  The 15th annual Taste of Community is scheduled for Thursday, October 12 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Green Haven Golf Course in Anoka.  More than a ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2017

Coon Rapids Rotary Club Holds Annual Fundraiser

A Coon Rapids service organization, going strong since 1965, put on its biggest fundraiser of the year this week.On Thursday night, around 250 people turned out at Bunker Hills for "Sampler 17," an annual event featuring wine and food tasting, g...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Deal Reached for Housing for Homeless Veterans in Anoka

After more than a decade of discussion, three cottages at the old state hospital in Anoka will be turned into housing for homeless veterans.On Thursday night, the first fundraiser for the project was held just feet from the historic cottages in Anoka. &am...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Site Plan Approved for New Nissan Dealership

Just one month after Honda received approval to build a new car dealership in Coon Rapids, Nissan is moving forward with plans to relocate right next door.Last week, the Coon Rapids Planning Commission approved the site plan for Nissan to construct a 43,0...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Anoka Tech's Construction Electrician Program a Big Success

The job placement rate for construction electrician graduates from the Anoka Technical College was 100 percent last semester. So, the tech opened another section for new students this semester.“Make sure it gets lined up on the mark, on the arro...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Met Council Chair Discusses Rail Safety During Coon Rapids Visit

This year marks the first-ever national "Rail Safety Week." And the chair of the Metropolitan Council appeared in Coon Rapids this morning to talk about the dangers around crossings and train tracks for motorists and pedestrians.  Minne...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Church Taking Over C.R. American Legion Building

As the hunt continues for the Coon Rapids American Legion to find a smaller building to operate out of, a church will call the current building home.Last week, the Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the North Star Community Church t...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

YMCA Locations Mark 'National Welcoming Week'

YMCA facilities across the country are opening new welcome centers to help connect newcomers to community resources and build connections.Last weekend, the Emma B Howe YMCA held a community event as part of the YMCA's "National Welcoming Week" w...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

'Love My Pet Fair' Goes to the Dogs

For the last three years, Coon Rapids pet lovers have turned out in full force for the "Love My Pet Fair" event, bringing their favorite four-legged friend along for a day of interaction, play and fun.When it comes to Hollywood icons…...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

Vikings Players Make Visit to Coon Rapids

Tight end David Morgan the second was one of three current Vikings players who came out Tuesday night for a eight station rotation of football skills training with teams from the Coon Rapids Athletic Association.  The young football players got t...

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Riverwind Building Faces Uncertain Future

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Klint, Manning Take Part in Final City Council Meeting

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

New Police Officer Takes the Oath of Office

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Toys for Joy Celebrates 30 Years of Giving Back

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Planning Commission Approves Station Area Plan

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Business in Evergreen Business Park Expanding

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

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Posted on: December 23, 2016

Vicky Wendel Retires from Anoka County Historical Society

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

ACBC Food Shelf Receives Some Holiday Help

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Survey: Residents Concerned About Class Sizes in District 11

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

CTN's Karen Sivanich Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Alexandra House Receives $150,000 Donation

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Schulte Named 2nd Vice President of AMC

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Local Improv Troupe Offers Family-Friendly Laughs

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

New Senior Apartment Project Makes Debut

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

Main Street Reconstruction Planned in 2018

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

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Posted on: December 16, 2016

New Vehicle Storage Building Almost Finished

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

'HOPE Place' Opens for Homeless Youth in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

CRHS Launching New Specialty Program Next Year

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Pearl Harbor Exhibit Highlights Anoka County’s Role in WWII

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

City Council Adopts 2017 Budget, Tax Levy

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

Civic Center Renovations Nearly Complete

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

New Church Planning to Open in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: December 9, 2016

New Cub Foods Store Opens in Blaine

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Anoka Tech Auto and Manufacturing Sees $2 Million in Upgrades

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Diversity Group Holds Second Meeting on Police-Community Relations

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Coon Rapids Kiwanis Club Donates AEDs to Local Groups

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

Coon Rapids Firefighters Publish 2017 Calendar

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

License Plate Designed by Coon Rapids Woman Available for Purchase

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: December 2, 2016

'Three More Wishes for Christmas' Opens at Majestic Oaks

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Police Chase Ends with Suspect Shot in Anoka

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

CRHS Freshmen Take Part in 'Respect Retreat'

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

City Hosts Townhome Association Forum

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

Volunteers Honored at Commission Appreciation Dinner

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

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Posted on: November 18, 2016

CenturyLink Opens Retail Store in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: November 11, 2016

Anoka County Launches Heroin Prevention Initiative

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

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Posted on: November 11, 2016

Renovation Work Underway at Coon Rapids Civic Center

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

2016 Presidential Race Enters Home Stretch

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Explosion, Fire Damages Anoka Business

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Coon Rapids Economy Showing Positive Signs

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Community Meeting Held to Discuss Predatory Offender

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Failure to Get Dog Vaccinated Now a Misdemeanor

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Pederson Floral Site Rezoned to High Density Residential

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

Coon Rapids Recycling Coordinator Named 'Recycler of the Year'

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

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Posted on: November 4, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

New Drug Court Hopes to Curb Usage, Recidivism

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Several Vandalism Incidents Reported at Lions Coon Creek Park

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Nucleus Clinic Announces New Partnership with ARCC

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Truck Driver Killed in Accident at Blaine Business

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

Enrollment Jumps in the Anoka-Hennepin School District

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

School Poster Campaign Pushes Healthy Eating

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

ARCC Theatre Students Staging Fall Play

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Record Numbers of Absentee Ballots Issued in Anoka Co.

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Final Segment of Highway 610 Set to Open

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Regional Sewer Improvement Project Underway on 121st Ave.

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

City Maps Out 2017 Street Reconstruction Program

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Coon Rapids AMC Theatres Adding Alcohol Sales

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

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Named CEO of Lake Superior Zoo

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Allina Reaches Contract Agreement With Nurses

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Anoka County Planning to Launch New Drug Court

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Running Aces Betting New Hotel Will Bring New Customers

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

New Hotel Planned Near National Sports Center

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Fire Fighters Teach Valuable Lessons at School

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Fire Department Selling 2017 Calendars, Cancer Bracelets

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Allina Nurses Strike Could Be Longest In Minn. History

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Transit Oriented Development Planned Near Riverdale

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Inmate Work Crew Changing Course to Help Community

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

2 Killed in Helicopter Crash in Lino Lakes

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Fire Damages Coon Rapids Apartment Building

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Cardinals Mark Homecoming Week at CRHS

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Allina Nurses Voting on New Contract October 3rd

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Regency Beauty Institute Closes All Locations in U.S.

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

CRAA Partners with Minnesota Vikings for Mini-Camp

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

District 11 Offering Free Home Wi-Fi Hotspots

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Connexus Energy Customers Getting New Meters

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Recycling Center Puts 2 Paper Shredders into Service

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Rotary Club Fundraiser Coming to Bunker Hills

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

CTN Receives 4 National Awards

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Postal Service Delivers Halloween Stamp to Anoka

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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