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Posted on: April 20, 2018

CTN Community Update for 4/20/18

Anoka County Library

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, April 20.

The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • A step forward for completion of a full interchange at Hwy. 610 and Coon Rapids Blvd.
  • The Ano...
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City News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

CTN Community Update for 4/13/18

Supreme Court Visit

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This week on the program:

  • The Minnesota Supreme Court makes a visit to the north metro
  • Spring fire hydrant flushing is ...
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City News
Posted on: April 6, 2018

CTN Community Update for 4/6/18

Late Spring

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This week on the program:

  • The April snow is sidelining many spring activities
  • More on what prompted a lockdown at the An...
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City News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

CTN Community Update for 3/30/18

Feed My Starving Children

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This week on the program:

  • District 11 releases several new school boundary proposals
  • Local students are honored for cyb...
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City News
Posted on: March 27, 2018

2018 Fix It Clinics

Fixit Clinic Logo

Why throw it out when you can fix it? Come to the Coon Rapids Fix It Clinic Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Coon Rapids Public Works facility, 1831 111th Ave. NW.

Bring your broken small household appliances, clothing, electronics and more....

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Watch more about the Fix-it Clinics City News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Free Smoke Alarm Program

smoke detector

The Coon Rapids Fire Department has been installing free smoke alarms to specific Coon Rapids neighborhoods thanks to the Home Fire Campaign, a grant program through the American Red Cross. The effort is designed to save lives, reduce injuries and build r...

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City News
Posted on: April 3, 2018

Solicitors Need a License

With the weather getting warmer you’re likely to see more people selling products and services at your door. Did you know these sales people must be licensed with the City? The licensing process includes a background investigation on each sales ...

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City News
Posted on: March 28, 2018

2018 Hydrant Flushing

Hydrant Flushing

Starting April 16, the City’s utility crews will begin flushing more than 1500 fire hydrants in the city, mainly west of highway 10. The process is part of a routine maintenance program necessary to maintain the water system and remove sediment ...

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City News
Posted on: March 20, 2018

Be a Vendor at the Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair Event

Love my Pet Fair logo

Vendor registration is now open to be part of the Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair event.

The public is invited to bring their pets to the “Coon Rapids Love My Pet Fair” and participate in a pet parade, costume contest and more fun events!

S...

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City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

2018 Rabies Clinic

Rabies Clinic

The City of Coon Rapids is sponsoring the annual rabies vaccination clinic to facilitate compliance with ordinances regarding dog licenses, cat registrations and rabies vaccinations.

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 1-3 p.m.

Fire Station #1, 1460 Egret Blvd. - Foley...

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City News
Posted on: April 1, 2018

Learn about Orrin Thompson Ramblers

Orrin Thompson

Back by popular demand! Orrin Thompson built about 25 percent of the homes in Coon Rapids starting in the 1950's. Why have they stood the test of time so well and why do people seem to like them more every year? The City’s Historical Commission ...

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City News
Posted on: March 16, 2018

CTN Community Update for 3/16/18

Woodcarving Show

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This week on the program:

  • A new veterinary clinic is planning to open in Coon Rapids
  • An open house is scheduled next we...
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City News
Posted on: April 20, 2018

2018 Candidate Filing for City Offices

council chambers

In conjunction with the State General Election, Coon Rapids will hold its municipal election November 6, 2018. For Coon Rapids City Council, the following vacancies will be on the ballot: Mayor, Ward 3 Councilmember and Ward 5 Councilmember. Terms for the...

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City News
Posted on: March 14, 2018

Community Garden Plots Available

Community Gardens Tomato

Reserve your community garden plot now for the summer growing season! Garden plots are available in two different sizes with water accessibility at the Community Garden Location at 121st. Ave. & Xeon St.

Large Plot (25’x35’ = $40) S...

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City News
Posted on: March 12, 2018

2018 Tree Sale - Order Now!

Arbor Day Tree Sale

Celebrate Arbor Day (April 27, 2018) with new, beautiful trees for your yard!

As part of the City’s 2018 Tree Sale, a wide variety of apple trees and shade trees will be available for purchase. The trees will be sold in bare-root form ranging fro...

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See the tree pricing and photos here City News
Posted on: March 12, 2018

Hanson Bouelvard Overpass Construction Update

Hanson overpass

Work on the Hanson Boulevard Grade Separation (overpass) project will begin this spring. You may notice the general contractor on site, prepping for bridge construction and working on frontage roads south of the railroad tracks as well as side street impr...

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More Information About the Project City News
Posted on: March 9, 2018

CTN Community Update for 3/9/18

2018 Park Projects

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This week on the program:

  • Two city parks will see major improvements this year
  • Main Street reopens to traffic following ...
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City News
Posted on: March 8, 2018

Main Street Reopens After Emergency Bridge Repairs

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The Anoka County Highway Department reopened the westbound lanes of Main Street (County Road 14) in Coon Rapids on Thursday afternoon following an emergency closure earlier this year.The westbound stretch of Main Street (County Road 14) between Shenandoah...

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City News
Posted on: March 5, 2018

2018 Spring Road Restrictions

Spring load restrictions go into effect on City streets Monday, March 5, 2018. At this time, vehicle load limits on all public City streets are restricted to a maximum weight of 5 tons per axle. For private streets, please check with the owner to see whet...

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See the Coon Rapids Weight Restrictions Map Here City News
Posted on: March 2, 2018

CTN Community Update for 3/2/18

CTN Update

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This week on the program:

  • Repair work begins on the land bridge on Main Street.  Find out when the roadway cou...
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City News
Posted on: February 23, 2018

CTN Community Update for 2/23/18

School Boundaries

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This week on the program:

  • District 11 is holding community meetings on proposed changes to school boundaries
  • An upda...
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City News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

CTN Community Update for 2/16/18

Skiing Accident

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This week on the program:

  • A Coon Rapids teen is on the mend after breaking both of his legs in a skiing accident
  • The...
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City News
Posted on: February 1, 2018

CTN Community Update for 2/1/18

Road Closed

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This week on the program:

  • The structural failure of a land bridge forces Anoka County to close westbound Main Stre...
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City News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

CTN Community Update for 1/26/18

Wellness Day

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This week on the program:

  • The annual Snowflake Days Celebration is underway.  Learn more about the events t...
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City News
Posted on: January 19, 2018

CTN Community Update for 1/19/18

CTN Update

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This week on the program:

  • The Coon Rapids Fire Department has a new career firefighter
  • Two new businesses are making ...
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City News
Posted on: January 17, 2018

Changes to the Green Expo

Green Expo

For the past several years, the City of Coon Rapids and the Coon Rapids Sustainability Commission have organized the Green Expo, an event designed to help people learn about sustainability, conservation and the environment. But this event will no longer t...

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City News
Posted on: January 16, 2018

Planning for 2018 Street Reconstruction

street reconstruction

The City is currently planning to reconstruct 9.2 miles of streets in 2018. The projects are expected to cost $8.6 million. All streets within the project range from 27-50 years old, and are listed in poor condition. City staff are currently in the proces...

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City News
Posted on: January 12, 2018

CTN Community Update for 1/12/18

Bruce Frank

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This week on the program:

  • Longtime Coon Rapids resident Bruce Frank dies.  More on his life and legacy.
  • A do...
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City News
Posted on: January 5, 2018

CTN Community Update for 1/5/18

Bikes 4 Kids

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This week on the program:

  • 2 families are displaced following separate house fires
  • Allina hospitals impose visitor rest...
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City News
Posted on: December 30, 2017

Boulevard Plaza - The Fun Awaits in 2018

Boulevard Plaza

“Boulevard Plaza” is officially the new name of the area and grounds featuring the city’s first splash pad and brand new park. The location of Boulevard Plaza at 11000 Crooked Lake Boulevard, has become a community gathering ...

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City News
Posted on: January 2, 2018

Hanson Overpass Construction

Hanson overpass

Construction of the Hanson Boulevard Overpass will begin this year. Anoka County is leading the project which involves building an overpass to separate motorists and pedestrians from rail traffic, a tunnel under the bridge to nearby neighborhood streets a...

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Anoka County Website - Hanson Overpass Information City News
Posted on: December 15, 2017

CTN Community Update for 12/15/17

Frendarious Willis

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This week on the program:

  • A big honor this week for a Coon Rapids High School student
  • The school district and county ...
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City News
Posted on: December 1, 2017

CTN Community Update for 12/1/17

Boulevard Plaza

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This week on the program:

  • A name is selected for the area that includes a new park by the Coon Rapids Ice Center
  • Plan...
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City News
Posted on: November 17, 2017

CTN Community Update for 11/17/17

Veterans Housing

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This week on the program:

  • Volunteers are busy rehabbing historic cottages for homeless veterans
  • Mercy Hospital celeb...
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City News
Posted on: November 9, 2017

CTN Community Update for 11/9/17

Coon Rapids American Legion

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This week on the program:

  • District 11 voters overwhelmingly say yes to the school referendum
  • One new member with jo...
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City News
Posted on: November 9, 2017

Coon Rapids Fire Chief Wins State Transportation Award

John Piper

A big honor for the Coon Rapids fire chief who led the charge to secure funding for an overpass at the Hanson Boulevard railroad tracks.On November 8, John Piper received the transportation advocate award from the Minnesota Transportation Alliance at its ...

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City News
Posted on: November 3, 2017

CTN Community Update for 11/3/17

School Referendum

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This week on the program:

  • District 11 voters will soon head to the polls to decide the fate of a school referendum
  • Se...
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City News
Posted on: October 20, 2017

CTN Community Update for 10/20/17

Hanson Blvd. Railroad Crossing

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This week on the program:

  • Construction of an overpass at the Hanson Blvd. railroad tracks will stretch into two cons...
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City News
Posted on: October 13, 2017

CTN Community Update for 10/13/17

Lions Park

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This week on the program:

  • Residents learn more about a big renovation project planned at Lions Coon Creek Park
  • Boulev...
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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2017

2017 Photo Contest Winners

2017 photo contest

Members of the Coon Rapids Arts Commission would like to congratulate the winners of the 2017 Arts Commission Photo Contest. The contest took place from June 1 - September 15, 2017 and the theme for this year was "Nature." Amateur photographers ...

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City News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

CTN Community Update for 9/22/17

Storm Recovery

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This week on the program:

  • A damaging summer storm is forcing the city to change the way it does inspections for re...
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City News
Posted on: September 15, 2017

CTN Community Update for 9/15/17

CTN Update

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This week on the program:

  • Local residents take part in Senior Safety Camp
  • The first of five public meetings is held...
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City News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

CTN Community Update for 9/8/17

School Bus 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, September 8.

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This week on the program:

  • Some changes related to school buses this fall
  • Community meetings on the school bond and l...
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City News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

City Council Approves Riverdale Station Apartments

Riverdale Station Apts.

Plans continue to move forward on the Riverdale Station Apartments, located next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station on Northdale Boulevard (behind Target) on land owned by the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority. Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates ...

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City News
Posted on: September 18, 2017

2016 Crime Rates for Coon Rapids

Police

According to data from the 2016 Uniform Crime Report, crime statistics in the city went up slightly in a few areas as compared to 2015, but rates are still lower overall than historical averages. The number of robberies decreased significantly in 2016 as ...

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City News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

Minnesota Blue Ox Hockey Team Calls Coon Rapids Home

Bruce Boudreau Blue Ox

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

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City News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Back by popular demand! Learn about Orrin Thompson Ramblers!

Orrin Thompson

Back by popular demand! The City of Coon Rapids will host another informational forum about Orrin Thompson ramblers. Orrin Thompson built about 25 percent of the homes in Coon Rapids starting in the 1950s. Why have they stood the test of time so well and ...

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City News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

2018 Proposed City Budget

City Budget

The City Council discussed the preliminary budget for 2018 at the September 5 City Council meeting. Final approval of the budget and levy will take place after a public meeting held in December. Property owners will receive a notice of the hearing and the...

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City News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Construction Underway on New Park Near Coon Rapids Ice Center

Boulevard Park

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

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City News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

CTN Community Update for 9/1/17

Community Update Generic 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, September 1.

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This week on the program:

  • A reconstruction project will soon begin on a busy stretch of Highway 169 in the north me...
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City News
Posted on: August 25, 2017

CTN Community Update for 8/25/17

Coon Rapids High School Remodel

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This week on the program:

  • See major remodeling taking place at Coon Rapids High School
  • We recap Kids Day at the Farmer...
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City News
Posted on: August 15, 2017

Fall/Winter Parks and Recreation Brochure Available

Fall Recreation Guide

Check out the NEW fall/winter Coon Rapids Parks and Recreation brochure. It's filled with fun classes and activities to keep your family busy!

This new publication is only available online. The 12 page color brochure is full of information regarding upcomi...

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City News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

CTN Community Update for 8/18/17

Community Update Generic 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, August 18.

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This week on the program:

  • Honda gets site plan approval to construct a new car dealership in the city
  • Community member...
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City News
Posted on: August 11, 2017

CTN Community Update for 8/11/17

Ruth's Ramp 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, August 11.

The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • The state releases MCA test results.  See how District 11 students stack up.
  • Volunt...
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City News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

CTN Community Update for 8/4/17

Night to Unite 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, August 4.

The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • District 11 is still hiring for the 2017-2018 school year
  • Filings open for 3 school board sea...
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City News
Posted on: July 28, 2017

CTN Community Update for 7/28/17

Minnesota Blue Ox 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, July 28.

The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • Authorities investigate a case of arson at a Coon Rapids park
  • Two new retail buildings are pro...
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City News
Posted on: July 21, 2017

CTN Community Update for 7/21/17

CTN Update

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, July 21.

The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • Another step forward for a major apartment project planned near the Northstar Commuter Rail s...
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City News
Posted on: July 19, 2017

Proposed Ordinance List Now Available for Email Subscribers

Gavel

The City of Coon Rapids is offering a new email list for subscribers if they want to sign up for notifications related to City Ordinance changes. This new list, effective immediately, will provide information about proposed ordinance changes, much like a ...

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Sign up for the New Email List Here City News
Posted on: July 14, 2017

CTN Community Update for 7/14/17

CTN Update

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, July 14.

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This week on the program:

  • A system upgrade is forcing the closure of License Centers around the state
  • Coon Rapids Blvd. ...
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City News
Posted on: July 7, 2017

CTN Community Update for 7/7/17

Backyard Disc League News Flash

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, July 7.

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This week on the program:

  • A change for recycling pickup at local apartment buildings
  • A second car dealership is proposed ...
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City News
Posted on: June 30, 2017

CTN Community Update for 6/30/17

Newsflash Swim

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, June 30.

The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • A free program at the YMCA is teaching kids some life-saving skills
  • Details on some of the fun...
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City News
Posted on: June 23, 2017

CTN Community Update for 6/23/17

Jim Stanton

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This week on the program:

  • The man who helped build Coon Rapids dies.  More on the legacy of Jim Stanton.
  • The fi...
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City News
Posted on: June 16, 2017

CTN Community Update for Friday, June 16, 2017

Fire Training 225

Watch the CTN Community Update for Friday, June 16.

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This week on the program:

  • A hail storm damages a non-profit farm in Coon Rapids
  • The first neighborhood meeting of the su...
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City News
Posted on: July 1, 2017

Don't Throw it Out - Recycle it with a NEW program

simple recycling orange bag

As of July 17, residents are now able to use a new curbside recycling service that specializes in clothing, shoes and housewares.

Simple Recycling, based out of Solon, Ohio, will pick up the recyclable materials on residents’ regularly scheduled ...

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Simple Recycling Company Information City News
Posted on: June 9, 2017

CTN Community Update for Friday, June 9, 2017

Boulevard Park

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This week on the program:

  • Construction on a new park in Coon Rapids is expected to begin in July
  • Two new trails will soon...
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City News
Posted on: June 2, 2017

2016 Drinking Water Report

Drinking Water report 2016

The City of Coon Rapids is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water from the period of January 1 to December 31, 2016.

The 2016 Consumer Confidence Water Report is available online here.

A paper copy of this report is available upon requ...

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City News
Posted on: May 31, 2017

New Development coming to Port Riverwalk

Port Riverwalk Townhome Floorplan

In February 2017, the City Council approved a Preliminary Development Agreement with Centra Homes for a development project on the City-owned land on the south side of Coon Rapids Boulevard, generally between Egret Boulevard and Avocet Street. The first p...

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City News
Posted on: May 26, 2017

CTN Community Update for Friday, May 26, 2017

CTN Update

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The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • State funding is secured for an overpass at the railroad tracks on Hanson Blvd.
  • The Coon Rapids...
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City News
Posted on: May 12, 2017

CTN Community Update for Friday, May 12, 2017

CTN Update

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The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • A new housing development is proposed for Port Riverwalk
  • A measles outbreak has Allina changing...
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City News
Posted on: May 5, 2017

CTN Community Update for Friday, May 5, 2017

CTN Update

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The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • City and county leaders continue to push for state funding for a railroad overpass on Hanson Bl...
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City News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Public Hearing set for Riverdale Station Apartments

Proposed Riverdale Apts

The Planning Commission will consider a site plan for a residential development next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station on Northdale Boulevard (behind Target) on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids City Center located at 11155 Robinson Dr...

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View the Proposed Site Plan Here City News
Posted on: April 28, 2017

CTN Community Update for Friday, April 28, 2017

CTN Update

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The program is your source for local information related to the Coon Rapids community.

This week on the program:

  • District 11 is planning to put a school bond referendum before voters this fall
  • Coon Rapids f...
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City News
Posted on: January 3, 2017

Splash Pad Coming to New Park

Splash pad

A new park will be built on the grounds of the Coon Rapids Ice Center (11000 Crooked Lake Boulevard) in 2017. The park, known as Boulevard Park for now, will feature a splash pad, park equipment for all ages, landscaping and trails. The park will be the o...

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City News
Posted on: September 29, 2016

Paper Shredders Now Available!

Paper Shredders

The Coon Rapids Recycling Center now has self-serve paper shredders available for residents to use during all operating hours, five days a week. Residents are responsible for shredding their own paper and staff will recycle material once you’re done.

D...Read more...

City News
Posted on: May 27, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Now in Effect

Chicken

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

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

Chicken Information City News
Posted on: June 1, 2016

2015 Water Quality Report

Water Quality

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

2015 Water Quality Report City News

News Flash

Posted on: January 3, 2018

Have your summer party at the Civic Center!

Civic Center Picnic area

Did you know the Coon Rapids Civic Center has beautiful outdoor space for your next party? Reserve the space now to ensure you have the perfect spot for your summer or fall event. The Civic Center is available to rent for your next wedding, anniversary pa...

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Civic Center News & Events

News Flash

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 8, 2018

Main Street Reopens After Emergency Bridge Repairs

Main Street Reopens 225

The Anoka County Highway Department reopened the westbound lanes of Main Street (County Road 14) in Coon Rapids on Thursday afternoon following an emergency closure earlier this year.The westbound stretch of Main Street (County Road 14) between Shenandoah...

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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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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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Community News
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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Community News
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

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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: September 22, 2017

City Modifies Inspection Process After June 11th Storm

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

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

More Bunkers Being Replaced at Golf Course

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

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

Law Enforcement Appreciation Event has New Home

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

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

New Parking Ramp Opens at Mercy Hospital

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

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Posted on: September 22, 2017

Cardinal Pride Running High for Homecoming Week

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

District 11 Holds First Public Meeting on School Referendum

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Golden Corral Planning to Open in Late September

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Sand Creek Park Hosts Military Softball Appreciation Tournament

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Old Turf Up for Grabs at National Sports Center

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Best Buy Closing 1 of 2 Stores in Blaine

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

9/11 Vigil Held on Main Street Bridge

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

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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Safety Camp Provides Wealth of Information for Seniors

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Safety Dog Teaches Bus Safety at Hoover Elementary

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

Halloween Parade Organizers Reverse Decision on Candy Ban

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

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Posted on: September 15, 2017

CTN Sports Wins 2 National Awards

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Smoke Detectors Alert Family to Early Morning House Fire

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

City Council Approves Preliminary Tax Levy for 2018

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

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Posted on: September 7, 2017

New School Year Brings Transportation Changes in District 11

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

District 11 Welcomes Students Back to School with Fun Video

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

New Home for Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Event

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Tribute to the Troops Marks 14th Anniversary

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

Anoka County Launches New Website for Bond Investors

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

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Posted on: September 8, 2017

New Basketball Court at Prairie Oaks Park

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Highway 169 Construction to Begin in Coming Weeks

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Community Members Discuss How to Improve Water Quality

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Military Softball Tournament Coming to Sand Creek Park

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

Improvements Finished at Coon Rapids High School

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

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Posted on: September 1, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Big Improvements Being Made at CRHS

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

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Study: Heart Safe Communities Seeing Life-Saving Results

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

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Anoka City Council Wants Parade Candy Decision Reversed

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

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Kwik Trip Proposed on 7th Ave. in Anoka

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

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Posted on: August 24, 2017

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Hosts Kids Day

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

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

Site Plan Approved for New Honda Dealership

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

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

Main Street Reconstruction Project Underway in Coon Rapids, Anoka

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

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

Safety Improvement Project Underway Near National Sports Center

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

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Posted on: August 18, 2017

Construction Underway on New Park Near Coon Rapids Ice Center

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

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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Volunteers Construct Wheelchair Ramp for Coon Rapids Homeowner

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

Apartments Planned on Old Pederson Floral Site

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

Filings Open for 3 District 11 School Board Seats

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

3M Championship Marks 25 Years in the North Metro

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

Annual 'Night To Unite' Helps Connect Communities

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

City Council Makes Changes to 'Class B' Liquor Licenses

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

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Posted on: August 4, 2017

District 11 Still Hiring for 2017-18 School Year

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

New Playground Set on Fire at City Park

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

2 Retail Buildings Proposed Near Home Depot

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Minnesota Blue Ox Hockey Team Calls Coon Rapids Home

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Transit Fares Increasing Starting October 1st

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

New Designs for Anoka County Library Cards

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Plenty of Fun Happening at the Anoka County Fair

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

3M Championship Runs July 31-August 6

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

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Preliminary Plat Approved for Riverdale Station Apartments

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

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

City Council Approves School Parking Lot Expansion Project

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

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Coon Rapids Police Officer Honored for DWI Arrests

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

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Schwan's USA Cup Boasts Local Professional Talent

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

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Springbrook Nature Center to Mark Completion of Improvement Projects

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

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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Anoka County Fair Kicks-off July 25

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

License Centers Closed July 20-24

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Opens for the Season

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Summer Community Ed. Classes Offer Something for Everyone

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

Coon Rapids High School Starting 'Hall of Fame'

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

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Posted on: July 14, 2017

CTN Wins National Award

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

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

New Ordinance Requires Weekly Recycling Collection at Apartments

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

2nd Car Dealership Planned at Gateway Commerce Center

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Players Wanted for Backyard Disc League in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Contract Awarded for Boulevard Park

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Contract Awarded for LED Street Light Project

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

Improvements Nearly Complete at Springbrook Nature Center

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

MN Blue Ox Hockey Team to Call Coon Rapids Home

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

District 11 Presents 2 School Referendum Questions for Fall Vote

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

4th of July Celebration Starts Sunday in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Free Water Safety Program Teaches Kids Life-Saving Skills

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Coon Rapids Firefighters Raise Money for MDA

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Man Who Helped Develop Coon Rapids Dies

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Coon Rapids Firefighters Raising Money for MDA

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

Coon Rapids First Brewery and Taproom Opens its Doors

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

New Ordinance Would Change Recycling Collection in Multi-Unit Buildings

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

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Posted on: June 23, 2017

3M Championship Returning to Blaine This Summer

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

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Hail Piles Up in Coon Rapids Following Severe Storms

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

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Hail Storm Destroys Local Non-Profit Farm

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

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Vacant Home Burned to Ground Following Fire Training

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

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Annual Summer Meetings Kick-off in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: June 16, 2017

Officer, K9 Win 'Top Rookie Dog Team' Award

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Boulevard Park Construction Set to Begin in July

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Paving Work Underway on Foley Boulevard

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Firecracker 5K Bigger and Better in 2017

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Contract Awarded for New Trail on Egret Boulevard

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Two New Officers Join Coon Rapids Police Department

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

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

Class of 2017 Graduates from CRHS

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Rare Tick-Borne Disease Showing Up in Minnesota

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Hundreds Celebrate Grand Reopening of Sand Creek Park

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

4th Avenue Bridge Closed in Anoka

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

5th Grade Students Graduate from DARE Program

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

YMCA Offering Free Membership for High School Students

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

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Posted on: June 2, 2017

Local Seniors Celebrate 50+ Years of Marriage

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

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

State Funding Secured for Railroad Overpass on Hanson Blvd.

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

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Coon Rapids Teen Center Closing June 1st

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

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

Longtime Coon Rapids Police Officer Signs Off

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

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

Funding Agreement Approved for Main St. Reconstruction Project

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

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

LED Street Light Conversion Project Moving Forward

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

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

School Lunch Prices Increasing for the 2017-18 School Year

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

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

District 11 Student Wins Reusable Bag Design Contest

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Residents View Plans for Port Riverwalk Development

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

District 11 Holds Public Meetings on School Referendum

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Anoka Co. Hosts Law Enforcement Memorial Service

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Planning Process Complete for Passenger Rail Project

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Hundreds Walk to Raise Awareness About Mental Health

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Chrysler Dealership Planning Bigger, Better Building

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

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Posted on: May 19, 2017

Rihm Kenworth Constructing New Facility in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: May 11, 2017

New Development Plan for Port Riverwalk

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Allina Restricts Hospital Access Due to Measles Outbreak

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Six Homes Featured on Home Remodeling Tour

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

Residential Development Proposed near Northstar Station

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

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

District 11 Hosting Meetings on School Referendum

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Push for Hanson Blvd. Overpass Funding Continues

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

City Council Wants to 'Save' Portion of Riverwind Building

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Mental Wellness Campaign for Anoka County Marking 10th Anniversary

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Mission Trip Inspires More Giving After Unexpected Illness

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Local Student Honored for Fire Prevention Poster

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

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

5th Graders Take Part in Natural Resource Field Trip

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

District 11 Planning School Bond Referendum in the Fall

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Coon Rapids Firefighters Installing Free Smoke Detectors

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Solar Energy Made 'Sweet' at Connexus

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

City Crews Flushing Fire Hydrants

If you've seen a little rust or sediment in your tap water recently, not to worry, utility crews are out flushing fire hydrants in the city.Crews have been out working east of Highway 10.  They're flushing a little more than 1,600 fire hydrants, ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

National Sports Center Hosting Town Hall Meeting

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

New School Coming to National Sports Center

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2017

Free Kids Fishing Clinic Returns to Coon Rapids Dam

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

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Posted on: 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.

Over the ...Read on...

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Running Aces Betting New Hotel Will Bring New Customers

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

New Hotel Planned Near National Sports Center

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Fire Fighters Teach Valuable Lessons at School

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

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

Fire Department Selling 2017 Calendars, Cancer Bracelets

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Allina Nurses Strike Could Be Longest In Minn. History

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Transit Oriented Development Planned Near Riverdale

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Inmate Work Crew Changing Course to Help Community

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

2 Killed in Helicopter Crash in Lino Lakes

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Fire Damages Coon Rapids Apartment Building

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

Cardinals Mark Homecoming Week at CRHS

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Allina Nurses Voting on New Contract October 3rd

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Regency Beauty Institute Closes All Locations in U.S.

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

CRAA Partners with Minnesota Vikings for Mini-Camp

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

District 11 Offering Free Home Wi-Fi Hotspots

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Connexus Energy Customers Getting New Meters

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Recycling Center Puts 2 Paper Shredders into Service

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Rotary Club Fundraiser Coming to Bunker Hills

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

CTN Receives 4 National Awards

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

Postal Service Delivers Halloween Stamp to Anoka

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Coon Rapids Sports Facility Looks to Move to Ramsey

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Police Tribute Truck Makes Visit to Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Police Monument Dedicated at Coon Rapids City Center

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

State Funding for DWI Officer Will Continue

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Absentee Voting Underway for General Election

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

Coon Rapids Wins National Sustainability Award

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

New Miss Coon Rapids Crowned

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Emerald Ash Borer Found in Andover

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

Splash Pad Planned for New Park on Coon Rapids Blvd.

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

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

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

First-ever Interfaith Forum Held in Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

September 11th Anniversary Marked on Main Street Bridge

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

North Suburban Hospital Board Being Dissolved

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

KSTP's Ken Barlow Makes Visit to Coon Rapids

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Allina Nurses Strike for Second Time in Four Months

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

New Funding Expands Pre-K Classes in District 11

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Gas Station Torn Down as Foley Blvd. Reconstruction Starts

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Hwy. 10 in Anoka Getting Concrete Median Barrier

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Fire Destroys Coon Rapids Home

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

Firefighters arrived ...Read on...

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

Coon Rapids Veteran Being Honored on 9/11

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Allina Nurses Planning to Strike on Labor Day

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Diversity Group Discussing Police-Community Relations on September 1st

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Logistics Program Gives Students A Boost In the Workforce

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Coon Rapids Company Lights up the State Fair

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

J.C. Penney Stores Start Selling Appliances

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 26, 2016

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Hosts Kids Day

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Allina Nurses Vote to Strike Again

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Without Special Session, Plans for Hanson Blvd. Bridge Derailed

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

New Public Space to Hunt in Anoka County

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

Recycling Center Purchasing 2 Paper Shredders

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

Coon Rapids Heart Safe Program Making Global Impact

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

Lightning Sparks Fire at Coon Rapids Restaurant

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

ECM Being Bought by Another Publishing Group

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 12, 2016

School Supply Drive Underway at Northtown Mall

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Greskowiak, Stevens Move on to General Election in Ward 1

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 9, 2016

Geisler, Philipsek Advance to General Election in Ward 4

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Watershed District to Build New Headquarters in Coon Rapids

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

2 City Council Seats on Primary Election Ballot

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Allina Nurses Could Vote to Strike Again

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Dies in Hastings Crash

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Young Volunteers Using 3M Championship as Law Enforcement Experience

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

New Interpretive Center Opens at Springbrook Nature Center

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Coon Rapids Residents Gather for 'Night to Unite'

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Bus Companies Searching for Drivers as School Year Approaches

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

More Improvements Underway at Mercy Hospital

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

Coon Rapids Getting its First Taproom

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 29, 2016

4-H in Spotlight at Anoka County Fair

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

Soccer Players Try to Beat the Heat at USA Cup

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Heat Draws Big Crowd to Bunker Beach

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Storms Topple Trees in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Council Candidates Participate in Public Forum

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

'One Team' Conditioning Camp Shaping Cardinals in Offseason

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

MN Sled Hockey Moving to Coon Rapids Ice Center

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 22, 2016

Anoka County Fair Opens July 26th

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

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

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Man Dies Following Crash on Hanson Boulevard

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Allina Nurses Head Back to Bargaining Table

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Pokemon Go Players Fill Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Dozens Gather for First Neighborhood Meeting of Summer

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Gordmans Opens New Store in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 15, 2016

Coon Rapids Farmers Market Opens for the Season

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Mississippi Blvd. Closed for Reconstruction

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Reconstruction Underway on Crooked Lake Blvd.

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Lightning Sparks 2 House Fires in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

New Ordinance Regulates Predatory Offenders Residency

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

City Council Adopts Ordinance Regulating Park Hours

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Coon Rapids Artist Wins Minn. License Plate Contest

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: July 8, 2016

Hundreds Take Part in Inaugural Firecracker 5K

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Springbrook Nature Center Construction Project Nearly Complete

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Noodles & Company Customers Warned of Security Breach

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Mississippi Blvd. Closed Starting July 5th

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Repaving of Crooked Lake Blvd. Starts July 5th

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Firefighters Raise Record Amount for MDA

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: July 1, 2016

Teen Owner Opens Computer Repair Shop in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Modifications Made to Hanson Railroad Overpass Project

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

Followin...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Allina Nurses Planning to Strike on June 20th

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Regional Rail Authority Selling Land to City's HRA

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Historical Markers Bringing History to Life

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

The ...Read on...

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

School Task Force Looking at Facility Needs in District 11

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Summer Art Camp Returns to Anoka

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: June 17, 2016

Summer Safety Camp Still Accepting Registrations

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Coon Rapids American Legion Building Up For Sale

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Allina Nurses Planning to Strike on June 20th

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Second Open House Planned for Hanson Railroad Bridge Project

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Construction Begins on Housing Facility for Homeless Youth

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

Members of th...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

New Car Dealership Planned in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

The change wil...Read on...

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Posted on: June 10, 2016

Registration Open for Summer Community Education Classes

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Primary Election Required in 2 of 4 City Council Races

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Mississippi River Rulemaking Process Nearly Complete

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Body of Missing Man Found at Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

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

58-year-old Thomas Crew went missing Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday, his body was found in a wooded area near the Coon Rapids Dam.
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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Allina Nurses Could Strike as Contract Talks Stall

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Mercy Hospital Planning Major Expansion Project

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Anoka County 4-H Buckthorn Busters Head to State Competition

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Couples Celebrate 50+ Years of Marriage

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

New Restaurant Opens at Four Seasons Curling Club

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Hanson Railroad Bridge in Limbo Following Legislative Session

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Filings for Public Office Close May 31st

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

New Police K-9 Preparing to Hit the Streets

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Now in Effect

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Construction Work Underway on Highway 65

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Hard at Work, Advocating for Disabled Peers

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Community Members 'Walk A Mile in Her Shoes'

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

YMCA Locations Celebrate 'Senior Health and Fitness Day'

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 27, 2016

Firecracker 5K Added to Fourth of July Celebration

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Road Construction Underway in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

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

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Recent Fires Prompt Educational Message from Fire Department

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Filings for Public Office Open

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

Coon Rap...Read on...

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Fallen Officers Honored at Anoka County Memorial Service

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Home Remodeling Tour Draws Big Crowd

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: May 20, 2016

National Sports Center in Blaine Expanding Again

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Mercy and Unity Hospitals Merging Services

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Coon Rapids Considers Predatory Offender Ordinance

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Filings for Public Office Open May 17th

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Old, Abandoned Home Demolished in Coon Rapids

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Sprinkler Keeps Damage to Minimum Following Apartment Fire

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Non-Traditional Student Graduates from Anoka-Ramsey

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Blaine Now Most Populous City in Anoka County

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 13, 2016

Hundreds Take Part in Kids Fishing Clinic

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Council Votes to Allow Backyard Chickens in Coon Rapids

Written by Joe Nelson

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

The new ordinance will take effect May 23.

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Native Plantings Ordinance Approved by City Council

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Planning Underway for New Water Tower

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Aeropostale Closing Coon Rapids Store, 3 Others in Minn.

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Group Educating African Immigrant Community About Chronic Diseases

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

City Makes Big Donation to 'Hope 4 Youth'

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

Students Hold 'Empty Bowls' Fundraiser

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: May 6, 2016

End of an Era at Anoka Ramsey Community College

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Ramsey Death Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Discussion at Psychiatric Hospital Urges More State Funding

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance on May 3rd Council Agenda

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Native Plantings Ordinance Under Consideration

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Funding for Hanson Bridge Included in Senate Bonding Bill

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Construction Underway on New Intersection Near Sand Creek Park

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Law Day Held at Anoka County Courthouse

Written by Steve Antus

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

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

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Posted on: April 29, 2016

Kids Fishing Clinic Coming to Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Wife Warns Others After Husband Dies in Motorcycle Crash

Written by Joe Nelson

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

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Coon Rapids Man Dies in South Dakota Crash

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Riverdale Station Development Project Takes Small Step Forward

Written by Jordann Rylance

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

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

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Backyard Chicken Ordinance Under Consideration

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

CRHS Employee Honored with Public Health Award

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Sweet Fundraiser for Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association

Written by Steve Ericson

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

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

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Posted on: April 22, 2016

Summer Concert Series Returning to Coon Rapids Dam

Written by Steve Ericson

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

June 9 ...Read on...

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Posted on: March 20, 2018

Update on Coon Rapids Boulevard Housing Development

one-level townhomes Port Riverwalk

Construction could begin later this year on a new housing development in Port Riverwalk, located in the southern portion of the city near Coon Rapids Boulevard and Avocet Street. Centra Homes is interested in constructing 157 one-level and two-level townh...

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Economic Development
Posted on: January 16, 2018

Construction for Riverdale Station Apartments Set for Spring

Riverdale Station Apts.

Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates expects to break ground on the new Riverdale Station Apartments, located next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station on Northdale Boulevard (behind Target), in the spring. The Coon Rapids City Council gave final plat a...

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Economic Development
Posted on: September 8, 2017

City Council Approves Riverdale Station Apartments

Riverdale Station Apts.

Plans continue to move forward on the Riverdale Station Apartments, located next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station on Northdale Boulevard (behind Target) on land owned by the Anoka County Regional Rail Authority. Minneapolis-based Sherman Associates ...

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Posted on: May 4, 2017

Public Hearing Set for Riverdale Station Apartments

Proposed Riverdale Apts

The Planning Commission will consider a site plan for a residential development next to the Northstar Commuter Rail station on Northdale Boulevard (behind Target) on Thursday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coon Rapids City Center located at 11155 Robinson Dr...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

New Development coming to Port Riverwalk

Port Riverwalk Townhome Floorplan

In February 2017, the City Council approved a Preliminary Development Agreement with Centra Homes for a development project on the City-owned land on the south side of Coon Rapids Boulevard, generally between Egret Boulevard and Avocet Street. The first p...

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Economic Development
Posted on: July 7, 2015

RMS Receives Award

Worker from RMS

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

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News Flash

Posted on: January 18, 2018

Youth Sports Summer Registration

Baseball

Local youth associations will soon begin registration for summer programs. Check each association’s website for details and registration dates.

Coon Rapids Cardinal Little League

T-Ball to 12-Under baseball 

Website:  www.crcll.co...

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

Fall/Winter Parks and Recreation Brochure Available

Fall Recreation Guide

Check out the NEW fall/winter Coon Rapids Parks and Recreation brochure. It's filled with fun classes and activities to keep your family busy!

This new publication is only available online. The 12 page color brochure is full of information regarding upcomi...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Minnesota Blue Ox Hockey Team Calls Coon Rapids Home

Minnesota Blue Ox 225

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

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

CRIC Now Home to Unique Hockey Program

CRIC sled hockey

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

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News Flash

Posted on: March 21, 2018

New Animal Impound Facility

Dove rKennels

As of March 1, any stray animals picked up by our Community Service Officers will be taken to Dover Kennels, located at 16422 Hanson Blvd. Owners have five days to claim stray animals and are responsible for fees and costs related to animal care. The City...

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Posted on: March 26, 2018

Text-to-911 Program Launches in Minnesota

Recently 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."T...

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Posted on: April 1, 2018

Night to Unite Registration Open Now!

Sign up for this annual event that brings neighbors together to get to know each other, and connect with members of the Coon Rapids Police and Fire Departments. Sign your neighborhood up now!

WHO: Coon Rapids Residents

WHAT: Night to Unite 2018

WHEN: Tuesday...

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

Free Service - Car Seat Clinics

Did you know four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly? Get tips from professionally trained car seat technicians from the Coon Rapids Police and Fire Departments at a car seat clinic. This is a free service, available by appointment only, to C...

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Posted on: January 22, 2018

New Safety Tool for Evidence Room

The police department is making modifications to its evidence room due to the increase in highly toxic street drugs fentanyl and carfentanil.  A new countertop ventilated hood with HEPA filtration will be added as the major safety improvement. Th...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Enhanced DWI Enforcement

In 2018, the Coon Rapids Police Department will continue to receive grant money to fund one full-time DWI Officer and vehicle dedicated to extra patrol related to impaired driving. The DWI officer works during peak times when drinking and driving occur mo...

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Police Department
Posted on: September 23, 2016

Police Monument Dedicated at Coon Rapids City Center

A tribute to all Coon Rapids police officers is now officially complete out in front of the City Center. A new monument stands outside the department entrance and was officially dedicated in September. The statue, called the protector, features a police o...

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

New Police K-9 Teams

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

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